CNN rejects Trump's accusation that it cut off Sanders: 'False'

CNN rejects Trump's accusation that it cut off Sanders: 'False'
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CNN early Sunday rejected President Trump’s accusation that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) was cut off during an interview for using the term "fake news" to describe the network.

"@realDonaldTrump False. Transcript from @ErinBurnett intvu w @SenSanders. He was not cut off. Those are the facts," CNN's public relations team tweeted.

Sanders was asked during an interview Friday night to respond to a clip of the president saying he hadn't seen reports that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed sanctions with Russia before Trump's inauguration.

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"I don't know about that. I haven't seen it. What report is that?" Trump asked.

Sanders was asked if it was a "problem" that the president said he hadn't seen any of those reports.

"Well, I don't know. Maybe he was watching CNN fake news. What do you think?" he asked.

"It was a joke," Sanders added, before the feed cut out.

Sanders returned after a break to finish the interview.

CNN’s Jake Tapper also pushed back on the president’s Sunday-morning tweet.

"From Michael Briggs, Senator Sanders’ Communications Director: 'The Senator was clearly joking,'" Tapper tweeted.

"Untrue," CNN's Brian Stelter added.