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White House Refuses To Give Interviews To CNN

| by Ray Brown

The Trump administration is refusing to put its surrogates or administration officials on CNN after accusing the cable news network of creating "fake news."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he'll still answer CNN's questions, but added: "I'm not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right," reported Politico.

"We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” and CNN isn't one of those places, according to a White House official.

Spicer said the CNN "ban" will be temporary, according to Politico.

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Others claim Trump's feud with CNN is personal and really is about his relationship with CNN head Jeff Zucker.

As president of NBC in 2004, Zucker put Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" on air and the two worked together on the successful show for years. Later, Trump claimed to have helped Zucker get the job as head of CNN, according to New York magazine. Now Trump reportedly feels like he's owed more favorable coverage.

“This is entirely personal,” a CNN source said. “Trump thinks just because he’s known Jeff that CNN should be covering him like Fox News does.”

Although Trump often criticizes the media, CNN has been of particular focus ever since the network published a piece about a secret dossier containing unverified reports about the president, including allegations of him being compromised by Russian intelligence.

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CNN didn't publish the details of the dossier in its original report, only saying it existed and that U.S. intelligence officials had made its existence known to then-President Barack Obama and Trump.

But after the report's publication, BuzzFeed News published the entire dossier online, with all of its sordid details.

The dossier's claims are still not verified and remain unsubstantiated.

"It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It did not happen," Trump said of the CNN and BuzzFeed stories, according to The Verge. "And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know because you reported it and so did many of the other people. It was a group of opponents they got together -- sick people -- and they put that crap together."

Sources: Politico, New York, CNN, The Verge / Photo credit: Evan Guest/Flickr

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