Where do you think he gets this from? I posted this before. There's a huge exhibit of his own citizens being tortured by his henchman. Just hundreds and hundreds of photos with official government placards resting right on the body. When side was presented with this evidence? You know what he said?
Has anybody ever uttered that phrase until Trump came to office? Trump is a dictator's best fuking friend. He marginalizes intelligence communities, Democratic votes, Democratic institutions, and World opinion. Assad would probably blow Trump the minute he saw him.
It really sounds to me like he probably used the term 'fake news' because people will instantly understand what he means now. But he sounds like someone who's been talking this way for a while. It also sounds like he mostly holds American agency findings to be suspect.
Like I said, if he's master BS-ing, I'm in awe. When he gets didactic with logical chains of thought, and philosophical, I don't see a typical dictator (perhaps Hitler? I haven't read his stuff). I only ever hear Trump 'selling' what he says or thinks by saying it again, no real persuasion beyond the use of superlatives.