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President Donald Trump had only been in the UK a few hours before he was voicing his displeasure with CNN as the option for television news coverage.

A few hours after his Twitter takedown of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Trump fired off on social media again, this time taking aim at CNN and wondering if a boycott of the network’s new corporate owner, AT&T, would force them to “make big changes at @CNN.”

 

Arriving in London on Monday along with First Lady Melania Trump for an official state visit, Trump bemoaned the fact that he was forced to watch CNN because it is “the primary source of news available from the U.S.”

“Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that @CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something?” Trump tweeted Monday from the United Kingdom.

“When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!” he said in a follow-up tweet, suggesting the boycott of the media giant which acquired CNN in its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, a move the administration was against and Trump had opposed even as a presidential candidate in 2016.

Trump had fired at CNN already as he prepared to make the UK trip, calling out the “made up reports” that he had called Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry and now the Duchess of Sussex, “nasty.”

“I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty.’ Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!” the president tweeted Sunday.

Trump’s attack on CNN and AT&T came on the heels of his fiery response to Khan who “has done a terrible job” and has been “foolishly nasty” to the president. The London mayor continued his history of anti-Trump commentary by blasting the president ahead of his impending UK visit, denouncing the government for its intention to “roll out the red carpet.”

Calling out Khan as a “stone cold loser,” Trump roasted the mayor in a pair of tweets that even took aim at his height. And while Khan and other Trump critics declare that the U.S. president is not welcome, the optics of Trump’s state visit say otherwise.

Frieda Powers

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