President Donald Trump trashed MSNBC's Donny Deutsch and CNN's Erin Burnett on Saturday night, following the "hit back" with a mea culpa about not appearing "presidential" on Twitter, but adding it was necessary to correct "fake news."
Trump tweeted just before midnight ET:
"Little @DonnyDeutsch, whose show, like his previous shoebiz tries, is a disaster, has been saying that I had been a friend of his. This is false. He, & separately @ErinBurnett, used to BEG me to be on episodes of the Apprentice (both were bad), but that was it. Hardly knew him,.."
And followed up in tweet seconds later:
"....other than to know he was, and is, a total Loser. When he makes statements about me, they are made up, he knows nothing!"
President Trump's tweets came after Deutsch's "Saturday Night Politics" aired and opened with a "Tale of 2 Trumps," a review of his D-Day speech being a great example of being presidential, which were contrasted with his words to Fox News from Normandy that trashed politicians and the media relentlessly.
Deutsch's show also featured "Fire and Fury" and "Siege: Trump Under Fire" author Michael Wolff, an author who has claimed access to the Trump White House and written books on the shortcomings of the administration, often times with unsubstantiated claims from anonymous sources.
"Speaking of the Trump Organization and bankruptcy – and I've known Trump well for years – I believe it's a criminal enterprise," Deutsch said Saturday night during a panel discussion with Wolff and others.
CNN's Burnett is the host of "OutFront" in prime time, a show where she often takes shots at the president's administration and form.
About 15 minutes after the hits on Deustch and Burnett, President Trump tweeted his mea culpa for his "hit back" at "fake news" for the "corrupt media."
"I know it is not at all 'Presidential' to hit back at the Corrupt Media, or people who work for the Corrupt Media, when they make false statements about me or the Trump Administration. Problem is, if you don't hit back, people believe the Fake News is true. So we'll hit back!"
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