Aug 29, 2018 - Economy & Business

Trump incorrectly says "Fake CNN" used non-existent anonymous source

President Trump railed against "anonymous sources" in a pair of Wednesday tweets, urging his supporters to "stop reading" a news story if they see an anonymous source cited.

"'Anonymous Sources are really starting to BURN the media.' @FoxNews The fact is that many anonymous sources don’t even exist. They are fiction made up by the Fake News reporters. Look at the lie that Fake CNN is now in. They got caught red handed! Enemy of the People! ... When you see 'anonymous source,' stop reading the story, it is fiction!"

The big picture: Trump is referring to the revelation that Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis served as an anonymous source for CNN's report on Cohen's claim that Trump knew about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting in advance. CNN's issue isn't that Davis doesn't exist — he does — it's that he confirmed a story for the network, as well as multiple other news outlets, that he now states that he can't verify.

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