CNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense'

CNN anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE sparred with President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE on Twitter on Wednesday, calling out a couple of the president's coronavirus-related tweets.

Trump, in a tweet earlier in the day, referred to the news media as the "LameStream Media" and accused the press of trying to keep the country shut down during the pandemic with the hope that it will be "detrimental" to Trump's reelection hopes.

"Just complete and utter nonsense," Tapper responded. "We're reporting on what top health officials IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION are saying so as to responsibly deal with the pandemic and save lives."


Moments before appearing in the administration's daily task force briefing on the response to the virus, Trump tweeted again, saying, "I hear that Fake News CNN just reported that I am isolated in the White House, wondering out loud, 'when will life return to normal?'"

Trump called the network "CORRUPT & FAKE NEWS" and tweeted that he had "been packed all day with meetings, I have no time for stupidity." 

Tapper responded, emphasizing that the country needs more coronavirus test, ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gowns.


PPE and ventilators are crucial in the fight against COVID-19, and hospitals across the country have seen their stock of the supplies fall alarmingly low amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The United States's biggest companies, including Apple and Ford, have committed to helping produce the needed equipment, though state and local officials have called for urgent action.

There are more than 65,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. and more than 900 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.