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CNN Just Savagely Shamed Trump After He Called Their Taskforce Sources 'Pure Fiction' With a Clapback for the Ages

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One of President Donald Trump's least favorite media outlets, CNN, published a story detailing a recent meeting of the White House's virus task force—its first meeting since April.

According to the CNN report, a source familiar with the meeting expressed concern that the President still isn't fully grasping the severity of the virus that's killed nearly 160 thousand Americans in six months.

The source said:

"He still doesn't get it. He does not get it."

The source went on to say that the President frequently changed subjects in the meeting whenever someone confronted him with the urgency of the situation.

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who co-authored the report with CNN's Maegan Vazquez, shared the source's claims on Twitter.

Acosta is arguably the President's least favorite reporter. In addition to the President's repeated insults to Acosta on Twitter, the White House famously revoked Acosta's press pass after he refused to stop asking Trump a question at a press briefing. The pass was later restored by court order.

Acosta's report enraged Trump.

The President, who has made over 20 thousand misleading or outright false claims since his inauguration, accused CNN's reporting of being "pure fiction."

CNN's public relations account leapt in to defend the network.

The gloves were off and reactions were passionate.

Acosta's fellow journalists defended him as well.

But CNN was just one of many mocking the President's rant against Acosta.

Acosta has since thanked those who defended him and continues to cover the Trump White House.