GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump fired back after a controversial CNN report said that the Secret Service had held “more than one conversation” with the Trump campaign about his comments this week on the Second Amendment.
As we reported previously, CNN reported that a Secret Service official had confirmed the conversations took place. But subsequent reports raised questions about the claim, with Reuters on Wednesday night citing a federal official saying the Secret Service had not spoken formally with Trump’s campaign.
The controversy flared up after comments by Trump were taken by some observers as a call to violence against Hillary Clinton by “the Second Amendment people,” as Trump put it.
Trump took to Twitter to chide CNN over the report. In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the candidate wrote: “No such meeting or conversation ever happened — a made up story by ‘low ratings’ @CNN.”
He followed up with a message three hours later, tweeting: “Reuters just announced that Secret Service never spoke to me or my campaign. Made up story by @CNN is a hoax. Totally dishonest.”
Meanwhile, discussion of the issue on CNN became heated, with an especially contenious confrontation taking place between CNN host Don Lemon and GOP congressional candidate Dan Bongino. Here’s the clip …