Trump's team outraged CNN won't play anti-CNN ad

Donald Trump's campaign team is outraged by a decision by CNN not to run an ad they created trumpeting the President's achievements in his first 100 days in office.

The 30-second ad was created by his campaign which cherrypicks a number of achievements and shows Mr Trump's "clear vision, resolute leadership, and an uncompromising dedication to the American people, just as he promised throughout his campaign", a release on the Trump Pence website says.

"It is absolutely shameful to see the media blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with the country. It's clear that CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech because it doesn't fit their narrative," campaign executive director Michael Glassner said.

The ad lists a number of what the campaign claims are achievements of the Trump presidency including electing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, creating 500,000 new jobs, making the country more "energy independent", cutting regulations which hinder job creation and a major tax cut plan.

It makes no mention of the failures of the Trump administration, including his Muslim travel ban and the reform of the Affordable Health Care Act known as Obamacare. They were his main campaign promises, but have faced legal and political challenges

The ad says those successes won't be seen on "fake news" channels and includes an image of CNN host Wolf Blitzer along with other high-profile television journalists with a 'Fake News' written over their faces.

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A still of the graphic in question

CNN responded to the attack, saying it asked the advertiser to remove the 'Fake News' graphic and defended its decision.

"The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false.

"Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted. Those are the facts," CNN's communications department said.

The news outlet did use the ad in an article which fact-checked all of the claims.

That appeared to further enrage Mr Trump's campaign team, which called the network's stance "censorship pure and simple".

"By rejecting our ad, CNN has proven that it supports censorship, is biased and fears an opposing point of view. President Trump's loyal supporters know the truth: The mainstream media mislead, misguide, deceive, and distract.

"CNN epitomises the meaning of fake news and has proven it by rejecting our paid campaign ad."