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Jeff Zucker Responds to Trump-CNN Controversy: ‘He’s Trying to Bully Us’

The ongoing saga that is President Donald Trump’s feud with CNN just received another chapter: Jeff Zucker, president of the network, has now weighed in.

Leading up to Zucker’s interview with The New York Times, CNN faced a number of public controversies – the firing of Kathy Griffin and Reza Aslan, the resignation of three staff members after an article that violated the company’s ethical practices was published, and, most recently, the controversy surrounding a meme that the president tweeted showing him body slamming an opponent with a CNN logo emblazoned over his face.

“My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job,” Zucker said, in response to all the recent hubbub. ”[President Trump is] trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”

The CNN president would then opine that he felt Trump was attacking his network because the Trump administration seems to dislike any shows of disloyalty where the president is concerned.

Since his campaign days, Trump and his administration claimed that CNN has been biased towards the now-president, going so far as to call their coverage arrogant.

Conversely members of CNN’s White House team have often gone to bat with members of the administration – most notably Jim Acosta, who recently interrupted a fellow reporter demanding White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer “turn the cameras on” at an audio-only press briefing.

Because of the contentious relationship, Zucker alluded to the fact that he was concerned for the safety of his staff members. According to the Times article, a number of CNN staffers have considered removing themselves from social media over concerns for their own safety.

Trump, Zucker claimed, “has caused us to have to take steps that you wouldn’t think would be necessary because of the actions of the president of the United States.”

Trump, who is an avid watcher of Fox News, has been markedly less critical of CNN’s rival networks, many of which aren’t as anti-Trump as CNN.

“Television is his preferred medium,“ Zucker claimed. ”And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC.”