Trump suggests government start its own worldwide television network

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE on Monday suggested the government start its own television network as he voiced frustration with the way CNN in particular has covered his administration.

"Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Voice of America (VOA) has existed since 1942 and receives funding from Congress. The network's broadcasts are streamed in the U.S. and internationally.

Trump's background in television prior to entering politics led to reports during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would start his own television network if he lost to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Gloria Steinem: Selection of Kamala Harris recognizes that 'black women ... are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party' MORE.

Trump denied to The Washington Post in September of 2016 that he had discussed launching a media network, calling the speculation a "false rumor."

The Financial Times reported in October 2016 that Trump's son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey Kushner5 takeaways from Israel and UAE opening diplomatic ties Kushner says he met with Kanye West for 'general discussion' about policy The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates MORE, had informally spoken with a media executive about setting up a Trump television network, but the conversations did not progress in the final weeks of the campaign.

Since taking office, Trump has continued to rail against coverage of his administration, labeling stories he dislikes "fake news." 

He has in recent months ratcheted up his attacks against the press, labeling some outlets and reporters "enemies of the people."

Trump has had a contentious relationship with CNN in particular since hitting the campaign trail in 2015. Chants of "CNN sucks" are commonplace at the president's campaign rallies.

The White House earlier this month revoked CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials following a heated press conference with Trump.

CNN and Acosta sued the administration for violating the reporter's First and Fifth Amendment rights, and a federal judge ordered the White House to restore his credentials.

--Updated at 3:40 p.m.