The Hill: Trump hits CNN as ‘fake news’ over Florida student's claim network gave him scripted question23 February 2018 | 03:57 | FOCUS News Agency
“Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. That’s why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Trump appears to have been responding to a segment on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" featuring the student, who reiterated his previous claims.
Colton Haab, a survivor of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school last week, said earlier Thursday that CNN had initially asked him to "write a speech and ask questions” for the town hall but that the event “ended up being all scripted.”
He said his question was about using veterans as armed security guards at schools.
“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions," Haab said.
"I don't think that it's going get anything accomplished," he added. "It's not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have."
CNN disputed Haab’s account.
"There is absolutely no truth to this," Richard Hudock, CNN's senior manager of public relations, said in a statement provided to The Hill. "CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night's town hall, nor have we ever.”
"After seeing an interview with Colton Haab, we invited him to participate in our town hall along with other students and administrators from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," Hudock said. "Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected."
Trump has repeatedly attacked CNN and other networks, including MSNBC, since his presidential campaign and into his administration.
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