Trump campaign says CNN refuses to run ad touting success

Delia Watkins
May 3, 2017

President Donald Trump's campaign apparatus on Tuesday lashed out at CNN for allegedly refusing to air a commercial touting accomplishments made in the president's first 100 days.

CNN said it requested that the campaign remove a portion that referred to the mainstream media as fake news. But the campaign reportedly said CNN rejected the ad because it "doesn't fit their narrative".

Touchy, touchy. CNN knows full well that the liberal media have been guilty of reporting fake news-just look at the presidential campaigns over many years.

The ad from Trump's campaign - he became a declared candidate for reelection in 2020 on January 19 - says that "America has rarely seen such success" and lists a series of actions from the first 100 days of his presidency.

The "fake news" graphic CNN referenced appears over a split-screen showing NBC's Andrea Mitchell, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and CBS's Scott Pelley. And an agreement reached late Sunday on a massive spending bill would add $1.5 billion for border security but not provide any money for Trump's promised border wall with Mexico, a major campaign promise.

The Trump campaign has apparently struck a nerve at CNN.

Then-candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak to a campaign rally a year ago at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

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In a blog post, Donald Trump's campaign director Michael Glassner said he believed the network was trying to "silence" their voice and prevent the public from seeing the POTUS' positive message.

CNN was approached about airing the ad but cited a problem. "Don't let fake news dominate the truth", the ad says.

By Trump's standard, news is fake if it does not promote the subjective view that he is "making America great again".

The ad will air on television in major markets across the country, as well as target-specific voting groups on online media.

Only hours after the ad was rejected, the Trump campaign organization hit back.

CNN contended the graphic was "false" and said it would have to be removed before the ad could run. The network defended its decision in a statement, saying it objected to the "fake news" characterization.

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