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Trump Blasts CNN Over Spat With San Diego News Station –– CNN Responds

President Donald Trump took to Twitter tonight to blast CNN and show the video of a local news station calling out the cable news network.

To briefly recap: San Diego station KUSI said that CNN had reached out to them asking for one of their reporters to speak with them about border issues. The network offered a reporter who has reported from the border, but CNN ultimately ended up declining. As of this posting, KUSI’s online report still says, “We believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most Border Patrol Agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work.”

CNN PR responded with this statement:

KUSI’s statements got a lot of attention today. Not only did the President himself blast CNN on Twitter tonight, but the official White House Twitter account shared the clip too:

CNN responded with basically the same statement:

Tonight the AP is reporting that the network’s news director is now backing off the accusation CNN’s decision was political:

[Steve] Cohen said he never actually spoke to anyone about CNN about why Plante wasn’t used.

“It’s certainly plausible that they didn’t want it for the viewpoint, or they just didn’t want it,” he said. “Both are plausible conclusions. I made one rather than the other.”

UPDATE –– 1/12, 3:43 pm ET: Despite Cohen’s comments KUSI is standing by its original report.

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