More career public servants are distancing themselves from President Trump. This time, it is former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden who jumped into the current fight between President Trump and CNN. Gen. Hayden took a shot at the President Saturday, saying that Trump’s attack on CNN was “an outrageous assault” on the First Amendment.
If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life. Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American President capable of such an outrageous assault on truth, a free press or the first amendment.
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) November 26, 2017
Gen. Hayden’s condemnation was direct and harsh. “If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life,” tweeted Hayden. Hayden is no stranger to politics. He has handled intelligence for Obama, Bush and Clinton and served as the director of the NSA and the CIA.
Trump’s original tweet read: “@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
The communication team at CNN defended the network just a moment later and decided to take a shot at the president along the way.
CNN’s reply said, “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst.”
As reported by Business Insider, Trump has previously targeted CNN, referring to the network as “disgusting,” “dishonest,” “ratings challenged,” and “fake news.”
Last week, Trump also challenged another major media outlet on Twitter, stating he “took a pass” at being named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” saying in a tweet, “Time Magazine called to say I that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway.”
Shortly thereafter, the magazine replied, saying, “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”
Trump found himself at the center of another Twitter controversy for replying to a tweet that contained a link to the Magapill site, which stated it was “THE President Donald Trump Accomplishment List Website.”
The president replied, stating, “Wow, even I didn’t realize we did so much. Wish the Fake News would report! Thank you.”
Many Twitter users were quick to state that Magapill is “fake news” and a “conspiracy” site, and some associated the website with 4chan.
Not long after Trump’s tweet, the Magapill site appeared to be down, though has since come back up, with the site claiming they “suffered a major outage/attack and somehow our database was ‘deleted’ from the server.”