After President Donald Trump's divisive Wednesday morning tweet storm in which he lampooned cable news network CNN, two of the station's anchors took to Twitter to return fire.
CNN's Jake Tapper and Jim Acosta both responded to the president's tweet, in which he claimed that during his tour of Asia, he “forced to watch” CNN's programming:
While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
Tapper, for his part, simply thanked the president for his viewership:
Thanks for watching! https://t.co/v9kjV4mcjO
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 15, 2017
Acosta took a harder stance with the president, though, opining that Trump should have been as hard on some of the foreign dignitaries he met with as he is on CNN:
If only he were this tough on Duterte https://t.co/la3Dieus7s
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 15, 2017
While on his trip abroad, Trump came under a certain amount of scrutiny for his dealings with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. A spokesperson for Duterte said that the two presidents bonded over their mutual dislike of former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Of note, however, and a cause for much of the scrutiny directed toward President Trump, was the fact that the issue of “extrajudicial killings” didn't come up where the Philippines's war on drugs was concerned.
Obama called on Duterte to find a solution to the drug problem in the Philippines "in a way that's consistent with basic, international norms.”