CNN has fired back at Donald Trump after the president skewered journalist Carl Bernstein, who co-authored a Russiagate blockbuster for the network that has since come under scrutiny after a source for the story recanted.

“Sloppy @carlbernstein, a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country!” Trump wrote. He said that the network was being “torn apart from within” after being “caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake.”

Unshaken, the network fired back on Twitter. “There may be many fools in this story but @carlbernstein is not one of them,” CNN’s communications team wrote.

“CNN does not lie. We report the news. And we report when people in power tell lies. CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters.”

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