CNN Just Issued a Blistering Response To Trump’s Latest Attack On The Network
President Trump on Saturday evening lashed out at CNN and its international arm on Twitter, accusing the network of spreading “fake news” around the world.
In his tweet, Trump claimed that CNN represents the U.S. “very poorly” across the globe and that the conservative Fox News is domestically “more important.”
The tweet drew quick responses from CNN anchor Jake Tapper and national security correspondent Jim Sciutto, who rushed to the defense of CNN International, the news networks’ world news arm.
“realDonaldTrump My CNNi & CNN colleagues regularly risk their lives in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Niger and beyond, following US Troops into war-zones, chronicling natural disasters, holding dictators to account & profiling everyday heroes,” Sciutto wrote on Twitter.
“Thinking about cnni and my brave and hard-working colleagues there who cover famines and wars and politics and terrorism and everything else,” Tapper tweeted. “Amazing men and women, thank you for your continued excellence.”
But Trump’s tweet also drew a direct response from CNN itself. The network responded to the president in a tweet pointing out that it is, in fact, Trump’s job to represent the U.S. abroad – not CNN’s.
“It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news,” the network wrote from its public relations account.
Oliver Darcy, another CNN reporter, also responded to the president’s comment, noting that he followed up on the tweet with a post linking to an obscure pro-Trump website listing the president’s accomplishments since taking office.
“Today in real life: The president directs ppl to MAGA pill dot com after claiming CNNi embarrasses U.S. in front of world w/misinformation,” Darcy tweeted.
Read Trump’s tweet and CNN’s response below:
.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but 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. The outside world does not see the truth from them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2017
It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst 🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 25, 2017
Thinking about @cnni and my brave and hard-working colleagues there who cover famines and wars and politics and terrorism and everything else. Amazing men and women, thank you for your continued excellence. https://t.co/9sVaB0z4Li
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 25, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump My @CNNi & @CNN colleagues regularly risk their lives in #Syria #Iraq #Afghanistan #Niger and beyond, following US Troops into war-zones, chronicling natural disasters, holding dictators to account & profiling everyday heroes. #FactsFirst https://t.co/A2qobamywz
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 25, 2017
Trump: CNNi embarrassing the US in front of world with ~fake news~
Trump, 48 min later, to the world: Go to MAGA pill dot com
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 25, 2017
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