Trump denies involvement in new season of ‘The Apprentice’
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Trump denies involvement in new season of ‘The Apprentice’

US president-elect tweets that CNN claim is 'fake news' and that he will devote 'zero time' to reality TV show

President-elect Donald Trump throws a hat into the audience while speaking at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President-elect Donald Trump throws a hat into the audience while speaking at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted about television again — this time accusing CNN of reporting “ridiculous” fake news and asserting that he won’t let his television show conflict with his presidency.

Trump’s Saturday morning tweets follow an announcement by Mark Burnett, the creator of “The Apprentice,” that the president-elect remains an executive producer on the show.

Trump’s spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway, said Friday on CNN that the president-elect’s ties to his reality show are being reviewed for potential conflicts of interest.

At 6:28 a.m., Trump tweeted that he has “NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!”

Ten minutes later, he tweeted again, saying that “reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue – FAKE NEWS!”

Earlier Saturday, President Barack Obama’s order to intelligence officials for a full-scale review of campaign-season cyberattacks met with a cool reception from Trump, whose transition team said it was “time to move on.”

Trump has been repeatedly dismissive of the intelligence community’s determination that Russia sought through hacking to disrupt the US election, and Obama’s new initiative was similarly brushed off at Trump Tower.

Trump’s transition office issued a statement reflecting the deep divisions that emerged between his campaign and the intelligence agencies over Russian meddling.

US President Barack Obama speaks on counterterrorism at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on December 6, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN)
US President Barack Obama speaks on counterterrorism at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on December 6, 2016. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement said. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.'”

The president ordered up the report earlier in the week asked that it be completed before he leaves office next month, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

“The president wanted this done under his watch because he takes it very seriously,” he said. “We are committed to ensuring the integrity of our elections.”

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