The White House on Tuesday denied claims that it is trying to control CNN.
The White, House Communications Director Hope Hicks told reporters, “the President has not and will not be trying to influence CNN’s content.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the reports, saying, “The President has a long history of engaging with news organizations that are critical to his agenda.”
CNN was the first media outlet to report that Trump was considering removing CNN’s “fake news” logo from its website and to pull CNN’s cable news programming.
The network said it has been in talks with the White House about a deal.
CNN said Tuesday that the network is “not” working with the administration to remove the logo.
“We have no plans to change the CNN logo or its colors,” CNN CEO Jeff Zucker said in a statement.
CNN has also reported that a White House effort to remove a White Senate logo from the White Houses website could be a precursor to the removal of the CNN flag.
White House Press Secretary Hope Hicks also said Tuesday the White house is not trying to remove CNN from its platform.
“The White House is not attempting to take any of CNN’s programming off the air,” she said.
“CNN’s mission is to report on the news, not to influence the president.”
CNN has not taken down its CNN logo.