Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats introduce bill to block taxpayer-funded spending at Trump properties Trump dismisses NYT explanation on Kavanaugh correction The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE on Tuesday doubled down on his criticism of CNN, focusing his ire on Anderson Cooper and saying the host "lied" about him. 

“Not surprised @AC360 lied about me on @CNN last night. Par for the course," the president's eldest son tweeted, before referencing an earlier post that drew a response from Cooper. "I never said the pic of him was from [Hurricane] Florence. When I tweeted out the picture of @AC360 it was with a link to an article about CNN's dwindling ratings. Nothing to do with Florence,” he said.

The controversy began when Trump Jr. tweeted out a picture of Cooper in waist-high water while his crew stood on higher ground.

“It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad,” Trump Jr. said, linking to a Breitbart article citing falling ratings for CNN. 

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Cooper then said during his show Monday night that the picture Trump Jr. tweeted was not from Tropical Storm Florence, but from Hurricane Ike in 2008, and that in the report he was discussing receding waters.

“I don't expect the president's son to ever admit he was wrong or one of the president's former advisers or frankly anyone else who's retweeted these pictures," Cooper said. "But I at least thought that they and you should know the truth."

While Trump Jr. stressed on Twitter Tuesday morning that he never mentioned Hurricane Florence, he did not explain why he included the picture in his first tweet.

Trump Jr. has adopted his father’s tone toward the media, slamming critical coverage as “fake news.” 

However, he has been caught on social media before spreading false information. He shared on Instagram last month a now-removed doctored image of a CNN graphic that inaccurately stated that his father had a 50 percent approval rating in a Gallup poll.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday also responded to a tweet from CNN's Jake Tapper, who said it would "show a lot of character if those who put out the dishonest meme about Anderson’s hurricane coverage ... apologized."

"Jake, it’s laughable to watch you try to claim the moral high ground when the premise of Anderson’s attack on me was false (as usual). I never said it was Florence. Meanwhile several of CNN’s biggest 'bombshell' lies about me and my father remain uncorrected," Trump Jr. said.

"Why is that?" he added

Updated at 11:23 p.m.