Donald Trump Says He's Against Polls Because 'I Like the Truth' as 2020 Campaign Fires Pollsters After Damaging Numbers Leak

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is reportedly severing ties with some of its own pollsters after internal polling numbers showing the U.S. leader appearing to fall behind Democratic rivals in a number of key states were leaked to the media.

Both CNN and ABC News reported Sunday that the Trump campaign planned to part ways with some of its pollsters in the wake of the leak, which showed the Trump campaign falling behind former Vice President Joe Biden by the double digits in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The findings also showed Trump trailing behind Biden by seven points in Florida, where Trump is expected to officially launch his 2020 campaign on Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, which aired Sunday, Trump denied the existence of any negative polling, claiming his campaign had "great internal polling" and that the numbers were reported from "fake polls."

"We are winning in every single state that we've polled. We're winning in Texas very big. We're winning in Ohio very big. We're winning in Florida very big," he said," according to ABC.

"Those are fake numbers. But do you know when you're going to see that? You're going to see that on Election Day," he said.

The president then suggested he had been the subject of "phony polling" in the 2016 election too, where polls predicted he was going to be tied in Texas, but "I won by a lot."

"I was going to be tied Utah, I won by a lot now I was going to lose Pennsylvania, I won it. I was going to lose North Carolina, I won it. I mean it was all phony polling," the president said. "It's actually phony polling and I believe it's suppression. They suppress, they want to suppress the minds of people so they don't bother going out and voting."

Asked whether the president believed there's a "real conspiracy" around polling, the U.S. leader said: "No, I just think it's just a bad group of people and it shouldn't be allowed."

"But, that's no different than fake news and the fake news is at a level that it's never been at before," he said.

Ultimately, the president said that such polls bother him because he believes they are "untrue."

"I like the truth," Trump said. "I'm actually a very honest guy. If I thought they were correct, I wouldn't be complaining at all."

The polls that Trump found to be most "correct," however, appeared to be the ones that reflected results in his favor, with the president championing a Rasmussen poll which found his approval rating to be at 50 percent over a Quinnipiac poll that put the number at 42 percent.

"Forty-two percent?" Trump asked, before pointing out that the Rasmussen poll had "just came out today."

"I'm at 50 percent," he said, citing the Rasmussen poll.

"Quinnipiac has never been accurate for me," Trump said. "Rasmussen was... one of the most accurate polls," he maintained.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about expanding healthcare coverage for small businesses in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 14, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Getty/Mark Wilson
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