Incoming US President Donald Trump has warned that the CNN news network “is in a total meltdown with their fake news” which would soon lead to its demise.
Trump made the comment on Thursday in a tweet following CNN’s decision to publish a report on Tuesday which included allegations that Russian operatives claimed to possess compromising personal and financial information about Trump.
“.@CNN is in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump has long been a critic of CNN, which he believes has been biased against him both during his presidential campaign and since his election victory.
Trump’s frustration with CNN was clearly visible during a press conference on Wednesday at the Trump Tower in New York City, where he refused to take questions from a CNN correspondent, blasting the news network for spreading “fake news.”
During the contentious exchange, CNN’s Jim Acosta pressed Trump to take a follow-up question after the president-elect assailed CNN for publishing the Russia dossier.
“Your organization is terrible,” Trump told Acosta when he tried to ask a question.
“You’re attacking us. Can you give us a question?” Acosta replied.
“Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” Trump responded before moving on to another question.
Trump has suggested that US intelligence agencies were responsible for leaking the Russia dossier to the media.