Late on Wednesday, President Donald Trump and CNN entered a Twitter fight in which the network attacked the President and claimed they were not lying and stood by their controversial story concerning a contested 2016 meeting with Russians.
The CNN attack followed a tweet by Trump in which he mocked Carl Bernstein, a Watergate legend, who was the co-author of a disputed report that Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was prepared to give damaging information about the President to special counsel Robert Mueller.
“CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake. Sloppy @carlbernstein, a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country! Fake News,” the President’s tweet read.
Soon after, the network responded by writing that they didn’t lie, but rather reported the news and reported “when people in power tell lies.”
“CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters. There may be many fools in this story but @carlbernstein is not one of them,” CNN’s public relations department sent.
CNN had previously published a story regarding the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, citing ex-Clinton aide Lanny Davis as an anonymous source. Davis, the long-time lawyer for Cohen, admitted Monday he was an anonymous source after The Washington Post outed him as a source for its own version of the story.
Bernstein himself also responded on Wednesday night saying, “I have spent my life as a journalist bringing the truth to light, through administrations of both parties. No taunt will diminish my commitment to that mission, which is the essential role of a free press. @CNN stands by its story, and I stand by my reporting.”
The CNN story said that Cohen claimed President Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting, which Trump has vehemently denied on multiple occasions.