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Jake Tapper: ‘The Media, Of Course, Did Not Fire Michael Flynn — President Trump Did’

During this today’s broadcast of CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper took aim at President Donald Trump’s continuing war with the mainstream media, who the president now blames for the ouster of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Pointing out that the president today attacked reports surrounding Trump advisers being in contact with Russian intelligence officials, Tapper highlighted the fact that White House press secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday that Trump specifically pushed Flynn out over an erosion of trust. However, during a news conference today, Trump called Flynn “a wonderful man” who had been treated “unfairly” by the “fake media.”

“The media, of course, did not fire General Flynn,” Tapper noted. “President Trump did.”

He continued, “What the media did do was reveal to the nation that General Flynn had lied to the country and to the Trump team — including Vice President Pence — when he claimed he never discussed Obama’s sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador.”

The CNN anchor would go on to discuss Trump’s recent Twitter attacks on the “fake news” media’s “conspiracy theories” by pointing to POTUS publicly embracing conspiracy theories in the past. Tapper would also argue that in the past Trump had no problem with leaks when they benefited him.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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