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‘IRRESPONSIBLE’: White House Calls Out CNN Over Alleged False Report During Iranian Attacks On American Troops; CNN Responds

By  Amanda Prestigiacomo
DailyWire.com
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham visits "Mornings With Maria" with Anchor Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network Studios on September 23, 2019 in New York City.
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On Tuesday night, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham rebuffed CNN for promoting an apparently false report concerning an address from President Donald Trump in the pursuit “to be first to break news.”

CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, citing CNN Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, posted Tuesday:

Aides are making urgent preparations at this hour for Trump to address the nation, per [Jeff Zeleny]. The specific timing [to be determined] & could be delayed given we are still learning info but two officials say a speech is being prepared and plans are being made for Oval address.”

However, according to Grisham, CNN failed to even attempt to confirm the report.

“This is not true – was never true – & no one even attempted to confirm with the press office before tweeting,” scolded the press secretary.

“In a race to be first to break news, the public once again falls victim to irresponsible ‘reporting’ by [CNN, Jeff Zeleny ,and Kaitlan Collins],” Grisham blasted.

“As President Trump confers with his top advisers tonight at the White House, aides are making urgent preparations at this hour for him to address the nation after Iran fired missiles at US forces in Iraq,” the reporter posted.

“The specific timing of the address is still to be determined — and could be delayed, as information is being gathered — but two officials tell CNN that a speech is being prepared and plans are being made for Trump to speak tonight from the Oval Office,” Zeleny added.

CNN responded to Grisham’s post by claiming the press secretary was “completely out of the loop” with her own team and that their reporting was correct:

“The most shocking thing about this statement is that the [press secretary] is completely out of the loop in her own shop. CNN’s reporting that preparations were being made for an address was 100 percent accurate, and was confirmed by multiple [White House] officials,” CNN Communications replied. “Nice try.”

Notably, CNN reportedly settled with Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann on Tuesday in a $275 million lawsuit over the network’s smearing of the teen last year. “CNN agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann,” reported Fox 19, The Daily Wire noted. “The amount of the settlement was not made public during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Covington.”

The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday night that more than a dozen ballistic missiles were launched against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq from inside Iran, hitting at least two Iraqi military bases at Al-Assad and Irbil, which host U.S. military and coalition personnel.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman confirmed the strikes from Iran and noted that “initial battle damage assessments” are still ongoing.

“In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region,” the statement from Hoffman continued.

“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region,” he added. “Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

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