President Trump fired back, accusing the news channel of trying to silence the Vermont Senator after they claimed the feed was cut after a technical difficulty.
Mr Sanders was speaking to host Erin Burnett about alleged ties between the President and Vladimir Putin – as well as a New York Times report claiming national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed US sanctions on Russia with the country’s ambassador prior to the inauguration.
While discussing the former, Mr Sanders was asked about President Trump’s knowledge of the reports, he replied: “Well, I don’t know. Maybe he [Trump] was watching CNN fake news. What do you think?
“That was a joke…”
Bernie Sanders was cut off from CNN after joking the channel was "fake news"
While on FAKE NEWS CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term ‘fake news’ to describe them
However, the Democrat lost connection with Burnett in the studio after his comment, which prompted the President to respond on Twitter.
President Trump wrote: “While on FAKE NEWS CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term ‘fake news’ to describe the network.
“They said technical difficulties.”
Mr Sanders later returned after an advertising break to resume his interview where he attacked Donald Trump’s administration over their handling of the media.
While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
He continued: “It is not a joke. And I can tell you there that here in Vermont and all over this country, there is a real concern about what’s happening in this country over the last month.
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“When you have a president who attacks people in the media, who make critical remarks of them, which is what their job is as providing fake news, when you have a president who attacks a judge who rules against him and indicting the entire judiciary.
“Clearly we have a president who does not understand what our constitution is about, what democracy is about and I think there is a fear in this country of this nation moving into a more authoritarian mode.”
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Also, as a rebuttal to President trump’s earlier tweet, CNN posted an entire transcript of the interview to prove they had not cut Mr Sanders’ feed after he joked about “fake news”.
In a press conference in January, President Trump branded CNN “disgraceful” before refusing to answer a question from one of their correspondents.
“Be quiet. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” he said.
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