President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE reportedly threatened CNN's president last year in an email, with Trump warning "I always find a way to get even."
Trump's email to CNN president Jeff Zucker, reported by the New York Times Wednesday, came after CNN panelists pressed Trump during a presidential debate about the "Access Hollywood" tape that showed him boasting about sexually assaulting women.
In the full email, reportedly delivered by Trump spokeswoman Hope HicksHope HicksWhite House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Grisham calls Kushner 'Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan MORE, Trump accused Zucker of disloyalty and alluded to further retribution:
“Jeff — Too bad you (CNN) couldn’t be honest with how well I did in the debate. The dumbest thing I ever did was get you the job at CNN — you are the most disloyal person. Just remember, I always seem to find a way to get even. Best wishes, Donald J. Trump.”
Trump lobbied for Zucker to get CNN's top job in 2012, according to the Times report, although CNN sources disputed that Trump's influence played any role in Zucker's hire.