Donald Trump fired back at CNN over a report claiming Congressman Matt Gaetz asked for and was denied a meeting with the former President as he is currently engrossed in sexual misconduct allegations.
CNN anonymously cited “two people familiar with the matter” in their report indicating “Gaetz tried to schedule a visit with Trump after it was first revealed that he was being investigated.”
Trump fired back, labeling CNN “fake news” while claiming the report was “false.”
“Fake News CNN, relying on all anonymous sources, meaning they probably made the whole thing up, wrote a very dishonest story claiming Congressman Matt Gaetz asked for a meeting with me at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, and was denied,” he said in a statement.
“This is completely false.”
INBOX: Trump releases statement on Gaetz and recent CNN story: pic.twitter.com/mKr7GK9y9d
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) April 13, 2021
Trump Advises CNN To Check Into Swalwell Instead Of Gaetz
The former President went on to suggest that CNN should consider covering the Eric Swalwell scandal involving his reported association with a Chinese spy.
A bombshell Axios report in December indicated that a woman by the name of Christine Fang (aka Fang Fang) “took part in fundraising activity for Rep. Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign” and interacted with the Congressman “at multiple events over the course of several years.”
Fang had allegedly served as a Chinese Intelligence operative with China’s Ministry of State Security.
Tucker Carlson says that “U.S. Intelligence officials believe” that a suspected Chinese spy “had a sexual relationship with” Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA) and that Swalwell’s office couldn’t comment on it because they said that info might be “classified”pic.twitter.com/biV78uVZHB
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 9, 2020
“Why doesn’t CNN investigate and write about lightweight Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell, who had a torrid and physical relationship with the Chinese spy Fang-Fang, but is somehow on the once-prestigious House Intelligence Committee,” Trump wondered.
Not only was he never asked to step down by his Democrat colleagues, but Swalwell was actually promoted as a House Impeachment Manager during the Senate trial against Trump.
According to Axios, Swalwell was notified by federal investigators about Fang in 2015, and has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Former President Donald Trump says CNN made up yet another story about him, and notes Eric Swalwell continues to serve on House Intel Committee, after relationship with Chinese spy. pic.twitter.com/cAmxS7Sv91
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 13, 2021
Trump’s Fired Up
Trump couldn’t resist taking a jab at Swalwell by citing his “record-setting 0% in the polls” when he dropped out of the presidential race in 2020.
“[Swalwell] has been compromised and is a national security threat to the United States,” Trump added. “He should be removed from the Committee immediately!”
BREAKING: The House Ethics Committee is launching an investigation into Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar.
Just kidding, just kidding!
The House Ethics Committee’s only purpose is to target Matt Gaetz.
— Breanna Morello (@breannamorello) April 9, 2021
Gaetz also denied he requested a meeting with Trump.
He called the CNN report “a total lie” and added, “no such meeting was denied nor sought.”
Swalwell in March filed a lawsuit against Trump for his alleged role in the Capitol riot on January 6th.