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Tapper rebukes Trump: 'These are news stories’

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday rebutted President Trump's attack on the news media for questions about his 2016 presidential campaign’s ties to Russia.

"These are news stories. Conspiracy theories are false & more like 'Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Hawley says Cheney 'spiraling,' 'out-of-step' amid Trump backlash MORE's dad was with Lee Harvey Oswald' or 'vaccines cause autism,' " Tapper tweeted, mentioning two "false" stories Trump brought up during his campaign. 

Trump earlier Wednesday blasted the “fake news media” after reports emerged that aides on his presidential campaign were in frequent contact with senior Russian intelligence officials.

“The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred,” Trump tweeted, adding that CNN and MSNBC are “unwatchable.”

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“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made in Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE’s losing campaign,” Trump continued, referencing the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American.”

Reports emerged Tuesday that aides and allies to Trump’s 2016 bid were in recurring contact with senior Russian intelligence officials, according to intercepted phone calls and phone records.

Current and former U.S. officials told The New York Times they had seen no evidence of collusion in regard to the Russian hacking of Democratic organizations or the presidential race last year.

The Times’s sources added that it remained unclear whether any of the talks centered on Trump himself or which exact U.S. and Russian figures participated in the calls.

Tuesday’s reports followed the resignation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, late Monday.

The retired Army lieutenant general said he “inadvertently” gave “incomplete information” about his past talks with Russia’s ambassador to Vice President Pence and others.

Reports emerged last week that despite denials, Flynn and Sergey Kislyak discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia before Trump entered office.

Former President Obama’s administration imposed sanctions on Russia in December, following revelations that it ran an influence campaign to try to help Trump win the White House.

Trump has cast intelligence reports about Russia’s efforts favoring his election as attempts at delegitimizing his presidency.