CNN fired back at Donald Trump on Twitter after Trump lashed out at the news organization over its retracted story about a meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund.
Trump got busy on Twitter this morning with a series of tweets targeting CNN and other media outlets, with the rallying cry of “fake news” prominently featured in the twitterstorm. You can see his opening volley below.
Trump followed up with a message reading: “Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!”
His ratings comment prompted a reply from the CNN public relations team on Twitter noting that CNN had just recorded the most-watched second quarter in its history.
CNN also sent out tweets about a number of stories that were critical of Trump, including one about a Pew poll that found, according to CNN’s headline, “More people in the world have confidence in Putin than Trump,” and another story running under the headline “As the health care vote looms, Trump’s tweets mostly look elsewhere.”
The latter story notes that Trump’s tweets indicate he is “spending more time focused on the various Russia investigations, Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party politics than the health care bill Senate Republicans are planning to vote on this week.”
Trump also fired a wider shot at the media today, tweeting: “So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!”