President Donald Trump once again took aim at CNN over the weekend saying it represented the US "very poorly" to the world and he was furiously slammed over it. In a tweet on Saturday (25 November), Trump wrote: "@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the US, CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the World very poorly.
"The outside world does not see the truth from them," he continued.
Trump's latest remarks sparked furious criticism online with many slamming his tweet as an attack on the freedom of the press and the first amendment.
Within minutes of his tweet, CNN's public relations team hit back at the president saying: "It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst"
Trump has often slammed mainstream media outlets, particularly CNN, over its coverage of his administration and referred to them as the "fake news media". In July, Trump garnered fierce criticism for posting an edited video clip that showed him beating up a man with a CNN logo superimposed on his face.
His latest comments also happened to come after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner, CNN's parent company.
Twitter furiously criticised the president's remarks as a "shocking" and "outlandish" attack on the freedom of the press.
"YOU represent the nation to the WORLD very poorly," one Twitter user wrote.
Former FBI director James Comey threw shade at Trump by posting a quote by Thomas Jefferson on the freedom of speech.
Former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden tweeted: "If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life. Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American president capable of such an outrageous assault on truth, a free press or the first amendment."
Many journalists also slammed Trump for undermining the work of foreign correspondents in dangerous war zones across the globe.
"At CNN we dodge bullets to bring you the news. Nothing fake about that," CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour tweeted. She also posted a photo of her late camerawoman Margaret Moth who died in Bosnia.
David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter and senior editor at The Atlantic, said the president's words invite "rogue regimes & other bad actors all over the world to harass - or worse - CNN journalists with impunity from the government of the United States".