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Trump to CNN: ‘You are fake news and terrible’

Trump decried a CNN report that said intelligence officials had presented him with claims that Russian operatives had compromising information about him

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In his first news conference since the Nov. 8 election, United States President-elect Donald Trump accused CNN of being “fake news” as a heated exchange erupted between him and one of their correspondents.

“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump told the journalist from CNN, which reported on Tuesday that the Republican president-elect had been briefed by US intelligence agencies about allegations that Russian operatives had compromising information about him.

“You are fake news!” he told the reporter in a moment that reverberated on Twitter.

Trump’s comment that reporters were “the only ones who care” about whether he released his tax returns stirred up 165,000 tweets during the session. Social media users asked others to “retweet if you’re not a reporter and still care about seeing Trump’s tax returns.”

BuzzFeed on Tuesday lso published a story about a dossier of documents it said were unverified and “potentially unverifiable” allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives.

CNN then responded by saying its decision to publish “carefully sourced reporting” on unverified intelligence documents concerning President-elect Donald Trump is “vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos.”