President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has called for the establishment of a national television station to counter what he termed “the unfair and false way” CNN is portraying the country.

Trump, in a tweet, alleged that CNN was not doing great in the US but acknowledged the network “has very little competition” outside the country.

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Trump wrote: “While CNN doesn’t do great in the United States based on ratings, outside of the US, they have very little competition.

“Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way.

“Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!”

Trump had in 2017 threatened to shut down CNN, NBC and other American networks, saying they peddled fake news.

There had been no love lost between CNN and Trump since his ascension to the presidency. The president had constantly pushed back against the network, which he had dubbed “Fake News”.