Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden on Saturday night ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE for attacking CNN and praising Fox News, calling it “an outrageous assault” on the First Amendment.

“If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life,” tweeted Hayden, who directed intelligence under the last three presidents and is a regular contributor to The Hill's opinion section.

Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to declare that Fox News “is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN,” adding that CNN represents the United States "poorly" to the world. 

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The network shot back at Trump over his comments, tweeting that it’s his job to represent the U.S. to the world.

Trump has frequently gone after CNN since he began his candidacy for president. He has at various times dubbed it “fake news” or the “Clinton News Network.” 

Trump has also shown a preference for Fox News, giving the network more than a dozen interviews since taking office.