President Donald Trump's eldest son complained that CNN was attempting to undermine democracy by reporting on Russian election interference.
The network, like other U.S. media outlets, has reported on efforts by the Kremlin to influence the 2020 election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies and law enforcement agree Russia did during the 2016 election.
Donald Trump Jr. -- who infamously accepted an invitation during his father's first campaign to hear dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer -- accused CNN of manipulating the election by reporting those Russian efforts.
"CNN is so stupid they don’t even understand the irony of how they’ve done more damage than any 'Russian operation' could ever have dreamed," Trump Jr tweeted, in response to a conservative blogger. "The media has done one hell of a job these past 4 years in attempting to deligitmize [sic] our election process."
CNN is so stupid they don’t even understand the irony of how they’ve done more damage than any “Russian operation”… https://t.co/lObxYSkUaJ— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1582550545.0
The president forced out his previous director of national intelligence after he was reportedly angered that a senior U.S. intelligence official briefed Congress on Russia's efforts in this year's election.
CNN reported that official, Shelby Pierson, may have overstated the assessment that Russia was actively working to re-elect Trump, although the Kremlin views him as a leader with whom they can work.