Fake News CNN and some of its staff are hitting back at President Trump after he suggested that the network and its international arm were spreading so-called “fake news” around the world.
Trump’s latest swipe at CNN came in a tweet Saturday evening, when he accused the network of representing the U.S. “very poorly” across the globe and claimed that the conservative Fox News is domestically “more important.”
“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.
Another CNN employee, media reporter Oliver Darcy, also chimed in on 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.