On Thursday, Time Magazine released portions of an interview conducted on Monday during which President Donald Trump attacked CNN’s Chris Cuomo (calling him a “chained lunatic”) and his colleague Don Lemon (“perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting”). There were others, but those were the most inflammatory comments.
CNN released a statement about Trump’s comments later on Thursday, and while brief, it definitely gets the point across:
Of all of the news organizations in the United States, Trump has arguably been the most combative with CNN, especially after the election. In January, shortly before his inauguration, Trump refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta at a press conference, lambasting him in the process.
“She’s trying to ask a question, don’t be rude,“ Trump said as he attempted to call on someone else. ”Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
Trump has long been insistent that he got CNN President Jeff Zucker his job, something that Zucker has steadfastly denied. Then-candidate Trump even wrote Zucker a letter to that effect during the campaign [emphasis added]:
Too bad you [at CNN] couldn’t be honest with how well I did in the debate. The dumbest thing I ever did was get you the job at CNN — you are the most disloyal person. Just remember, I always seem to find a way to get even.
Donald J. Trump
Phil Kent, the former Turner Broadcasting CEO who hired Zucker, issued a statement when the letter came to light publicly, saying that Trump’s recommendation “was not a factor in the decision to hire Jeff.”
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