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‘Dodo-In-Chief’, ‘A Danger To Journalists’: Former WH Officials Blast Trump Over CNN Attack

Former White House officials from both the Obama and Bush administrations are hammering President Donald Trump for “putting journalists in danger” with his attacks on CNN.

Trump intensified his attacks on the press in a tweet Saturday that specifically targeted the network’s international wing.

“Outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly,” Trump tweeted Saturday.

The network’s team responded by slamming the president’s comments, telling Trump that their colleagues “risk their lives” covering famines, war and politics worldwide and that it’s his job, not CNN’s, to “represent the U.S. to the world.”

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and senior editor at the Atlantic, tweeted Saturday that U.S.-affiliated journalists operating internationally depend on the U.S. government to protect them and their reporting, and that Trump jeopardizes that when he criticizes the network.

“Inside the US, CNN’s reporting is protected by the First Amendment and the courts,” Frum tweeted. “Outside the US, US-affiliated journalists do ultimately depend on the protection of the US government. Trump’s words are a direct attack on those international journalists’ freedom & even safety.”

Norm Eisen, the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President Barack Obama, also fired back at Trump, warning the erratic president that his latest tweet targeting CNN could be used against his Justice Department in its legal fight to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner.

Eisen also suggested that the president’s tweet signals “collusion” between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who signed amendments into law on Saturday requiring foreign media outlets working in Russia to be listed as foreign agents.

“Dear Dodo-in-Chief: u realize that this tweet is going 2be an exhibit against u in the DOJ -TimeWarner antitrust case right? It also smacks of collusion since u did it on day when Vlad cracked down on US networks,” Eisen tweeted. “For that reason, it may open u to other civil liability.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, particularly whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russian officials or representatives during the race. Trump has denied any improper contacts or exchanges between his campaign and Moscow.

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