Embattled congressman Matt Gaetz is demanding a retraction from CNN after the network said that former President Donald Trump refused to meet with him. Gaetz is reportedly the target of a federal sex trafficking investigation.
Gaetz took to social media to defend himself from the report which he called a lie. “No such meeting was denied nor sought. … When can we expect a retraction?” he tweeted.
The network’s report suggested that Trump and other Republicans are distancing themselves from Gaetz amid concerns that he broke sexual trafficking laws by having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Gaetz has denied the claims, saying they are part of an attempt to exort $25 million from his family.
“This @CNN story is complete fake news,” said Trump’s top aide Jason Miller. “No such scheduling or meeting request was ever made, and therefore, it could never have been declined. Take note that this story has zero on-the-record sources. It’s literally made-up.”
CNN’s report, citing two people familiar with the matter, said Gaetz, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress, tried to arrange a meeting after news of the investigations first broke, but aides for the ex-commander-in-chief advised against it.
Bill Melugin Details What He Saw at Robb Elementary School
Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
Melugin spent hours appearing on the network’s primetime lineup reporting from the scene. The correspondent addressed rumors that the shooting at the school began as a border patrol chase.
“We’re not hearing anything about a chase, there were rumors flying around that this was a sort of border patrol chase, I have not heard anything of the sort, I have not confirmed any of that information and have no reason to believe any of those rumors are credible at this moment,” he said.
Melugin described what he saw at Robb Elementary School and the scene inside the school.
” We went in, there is a room full of parents, a private room where they are waiting on information for their loved ones, some are walking the hallways, some are crying, hugging, emotional, some have been given horrible news,” Melugin said. “There is a room full of parents necessary there waiting on information.”
Wolf Blitzer Slams the Availability of “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
Blitzer criticized the availability of what he termed “weapons of mass destruction.”
A shooter in Uvalde, Texas, walked into a school and opened fire, killing 21 people, including 19 children and two adults, on Tuesday. CNN host Wolf Blitzer reacted to the tragedy in “The Situation Room.”
According to a transcript published on Breitbart, Blitzer criticized the availability of what he termed “weapons of mass destruction.”
“Every time there is an incident like this, you hear about efforts to deal with mentally unstable people who can certainly go out there and buy a weapon of mass destruction, go out there and buy a gun or rifle or some sort of assault-type weapon and go to there and eventually start killing wonderful, wonderful, people.”
According to the Associated Press, Tuesday’s attack on Robb Elementary School was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut.
Lachlan Murdoch: Being In the News Business Brings A lot of Heat
The head of Fox News is speaking out about the narrative that his network is too divisive
The head of Fox News is speaking out about the narrative that his network is too divisive. CEO Lachlan Murdoch told Axios that the network gets a lot of heat because of its perpetual top-ranked status.
“I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one … you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory,” said Murdoch.
Left-leaning pundits have been strongly opposed to Tucker Carlson’s comments about illegal immigration. The New York Times published a report explaining how Carlson had “stoked white fear to conquer cable news.”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer recently sent a letter to Fox News demanding the network fire Carlson for sharing what some are calling “great replacement theory.” That letter was sent days after a white shooter walked into a Buffalo grocery store and murdered 10 people.
“You’ve got to kind of realize what it is and how some of it is a very organized kind of attack — very coordinated — but it is what it is,” Murdoch said.
Following the Buffalo shooting incident, protestors descended upon Fox News headquarters in New York City to protest the network’s primetime hosts.