Trump blasts media talking heads over Pence debate reports

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When asked about reports that he was upset that Pence got better reviews from his debate performance at a town hall Thursday, the Republican presidential nominee went after CNN's John King and CNBC's John Harwood. 

"But John King said ... you know they always have a source, they always have a source. 'A source within' — nobody talks to him. Because he's like the enemy," Trump said.

"But he said, and a few other people said, 'Donald Trump was at first happy, and then he was unhappy because Mike Pence did so well.' I said, 'Unhappy? We are jumping up and down, he was so good.' "

He also called Harwood, who moderated one of the Republican primary debates, "the worst moderator out of all the debates we had," adding that "this guy knows nothing about me."
 
Trump went on to hit King — who he said was a "nice guy," joking about him not being behind an anchor desk.
 
"I was telling Chris Christie, 'Can you imagine these people are saying that I would have loved to have, you know, seen him not do well because that makes me look better?' " Trump said.
 
"That's why a guy like John King has stayed in the same position for like, how long has he been at the CNN? I used to say, 'I think someday he'll be an anchor.' Guess what, he is still doing the maps," Trump said as the audience laughed. 
 
"I was so happy that Mike did well," he said.