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CNN Stands by TSA Report After ‘#FakeNews’ Tweets from Trump and DHS Spox

CNN is standing by its reporting on TSA employees calling out sick during the shutdown in large numbers.

The network reported that “hundreds” of TSA officers have called out at several major airports as the shutdown continues, and the president of the national TSA employee union is quoted as saying “This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect.”

In response, DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton tweeted that their reporting is “#FakeNews,” saying, “Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out. CNN has the cell numbers of multiple @TSA public affairs professionals, but rather than validate statistics, they grossly misrepresented them.”

And then today, President Donald Trump came across that tweet and echoed the sentiment to also bash CNN’s “#FakeNews”:

In response to the President’s tweet, CNN PR put out a statement standing by their reporting:

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