“Mr. Trump never gave an interview to the Serbian weekly magazine Nedeljnik, as falsely reported by the discredited Newsweek, nor was such an interview conducted through our Indiana state director,” Trump communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement. “This was a hoax, and we look forward to receiving a formal retraction and apology from all involved.”
Less than 24 hours earlier, the Trump campaign accused the New York Times of printing “fiction” when the newspaper reported the allegations of two women who say Trump sexually assaulted them. The campaign demanded a retraction and an apology from the Times. The Times has stood by the story and refused.
Two weeks ago, after reports that some Trump aides were disappointed and frustrated by his first debate performance, the real estate mogul accused multiple news outlets of inventing sources for their stories.
Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying "sources said," DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Remember, don't believe "sources said" by the VERY dishonest media. If they don't name the sources, the sources don't exist.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Nedeljnik quoted Trump as saying, “The bombing of Serbs, who had been our allies in both world wars, was a big mistake. Serbs are very good people. Unfortunately, the Clinton administration brought a lot of harm to them, to all the Balkans, where they created chaos.”
Nedeljnik's managing editor, Marko Prelevic, told Newsweek that the interview was conducted via email through the Trump campaign's Indiana state director, Nedeljnik did not respond to a Fix inquiry about Trump's claim that the interview never occurred.
The Republican nominee recently gave an interview to a Russian TV station, RT, though the interviewer was American journalist Larry King. The Trump campaign later claimed it was unaware that the conversation would air on RT.
In August, the campaign successfully pressured the Daily Mail and some blogs into retracting stories that had cited an unsubstantiated report about Melania Trump, the nominee's wife, in a Slovenian magazine.
So there is some precedent for sketchy foreign reporting on the Trumps. There is also a pattern of Trump claiming that credible reports are made up.