A newly released audio recording of President Trump speaking to supporters at a Wednesday fundraiser revealed that he has considered suing CNN.
In the recording released by The Intercept, Trump said, “Boy, did CNN get killed over the last few days.”
The president’s remark referred to a retracted story linking Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund. The falsified story led to the resignation of three CNN journalists.
“It’s a shame what they’ve done to the name CNN, that I can tell you,” Trump said.
“But as far as I’m concerned, I love it. If anybody’s a lawyer in the house and thinks I have a good lawsuit — I feel like we do. Wouldn’t that be fun?” he asked.
Tension between the Trump administration and the media have been on the rise.
Conservative James O’Keefe of Project Veritas recently released undercover video featuring a CNN producer questioning the network’s coverage of the Russia investigation, as well as contributor Van Jones contending that the story of collusion between Trump and Russia is a “nothing-burger.”
“Van Jones — you see this man?” Trump said at the fundraiser.
“These are really dishonest people. Should I sue them? I mean, they’re phonies. Jeff Zucker, I hear he’s going to resign at some point pretty soon. I mean these are horrible human beings,” Trump added.
In response to the Project Veritas video, Jones wrote an op-ed that was published on CNN.com titled “Much ado about nothing burger.”
“Serious question: Is anyone out there still gullible enough to fall for an edited, right-wing propaganda video — in 2017?” Jones wrote.
Referring to the White House, a CNN source recently told The Hill, “They’ve made it fairly clear they view this as a war. We view it as determination to seek truth and hold the powerful accountable regardless of how difficult they try to make it.”
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