President Donald Trump called the media "the enemy of the American people" in two separate tweets on Feb. 17.
Trump removed his first angry tweet, but Eliot Nelson of The Huffington Post tweeted a screenshot of it: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing [New York Times], [CNN], [NBC News] and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!"
Nelson added his own response: "By the transitive property I’m pretty sure the president of the United States just accused us of treason."
Trump tweeted a second version, but added more news outlets: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing [New York Times], [NBC News], [ABC], [CBS], [CNN]) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!"
In more Trump news, the president reportedly called and yelled at CIA director Mike Pompeo about news reports that said the U.S. intelligence community was withholding information from him (Trump), notes CBS News.
However, the CIA denies the notion that the agency is withholding intel from the president:
We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred. It is CIA’s mission to provide the President with the best intelligence possible and to explain the basis for that intelligence. The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the President, period.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 15 that U.S. intelligence officials were keeping secret information from Trump, fearing it might be compromised or leaked.
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd denied on Feb. 17 that the conversation between Trump and Pompeo took place about The Wall Street Journal article:
There was no conversation between the CIA Director and the President about the Wall Street Journal article either before or after CIA issued its statement about the article. The CIA issued its statement on its own accord because the story was inaccurate and we felt the need to defend the integrity of our officers and institution.
However, unidentified intelligence sources said there has been a "chill" on relaying information, and that information will be withheld if there are fears it could be compromised.