Kellyanne Conway: 'CNN has a lot of issues these days'

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took aim at CNN in an appearance on Fox News's "Fox & Friends" Friday morning, accusing the network of having a "rush to judgment" and "presumptive negativity" in covering the president.

After Conway said President Trump felt he has been treated unfairly by the press, co-host Steve Doocy brought up a situation from late June involving Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a story about possible ties to a Russian bank that CNN was forced to retract.

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The three reporters in the story abruptly resigned, leading to speculation that they were forced out by the organization. One of the reporters, Eric Lichtblau, formerly of The New York Times, won a Pulitzer in 2006. Scaramucci is now reportedly in consideration for the role of White House communications director. 

"Anthony Scaramucci and the president have something in common," Doocy said. "You say the president feels he has been treated unfairly by the press. Anthony Scaramucci was able to say to CNN, 'Hey, that story about me and Russia, that’s wrong.' And they not only got a retraction, but three people got fired at CNN."

"Three people got fired," Conway repeated. "That just got brushed over."

"I think CNN has a lot of issues these days," she added. "It’s the rush to judgment. It's the presumptive negativity that always follows this president and everyone around him."

Conway and Trump deputy adviser Sebastian Gorka have engaged in combative interviews with CNN network anchors in the morning and in prime time in recent weeks. 

Trump hasn't appeared on CNN since August 2016, and often refers to the 37-year-old outlet as "fake news."

A CNN tweet on Trump's lackluster legislative record went viral on Thursday. 

"In 6 months, Pres. Trump has tweeted 991 times, spent 40 days at Trump golf properties, and passed 0 pieces of major legislation," CNN's news alert read.