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Trump tweets Comcast vitriol at MSNBC and NBC. And then calls Comcast-owned CNBC to push agenda.

Philly.com — Bob Fernandez Philly.com

June 10--President Trump, who has mastered the 24-hour cable news cycle and social media like no other president, bashed Comcast Corp. on Saturday in two tweets that called Comcast-owned news channels MSNBC and NBC purveyors of fake news on the Mexican border crisis. But then Trump courted the Comcast media empire on Monday by calling into CNBC and using it as a bully pulpit to put pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates and to encourage China to make a deal on tariffs.

"[The Federal Reserve] made a big mistake," Trump told CNBC's Squawk Box anchor Joe Kernen. "They raised interest rates far too fast, that's No. 1."

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-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019

As for tariffs on Chinese manufacturing products imported into the United States, Trump told Kernen on Monday that tariffs were "a beautiful thing" and China would have to agree to a deal because it would be "decimated" by them.

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-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019

Trump has been most comfortable talking with the conservative Fox News or its affiliated channels, which are controlled by Rupert Murdoch. During his presidency, Trump has criticized Comcast for its economic power and its news operations as fake news.

On Saturday, Trump called MSNBC -- a left-leaning news channel -- the "opposition," adding that the "the hatred Comcast has is amazing."

Watched MSNBC this morning just to see what the opposition was saying about events of the past week. Such lies, almost everything they were saying was the opposite of the truth. Fake News! No wonder their ratings, along with CNN, are WAY DOWN. The hatred Comcast has is amazing!

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019

Trump also complained about NBC on Saturday, lumping it CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

While the reviews and reporting on our Border Immigration Agreement with Mexico have been very good, there has nevertheless been much false reporting (surprise!) by the Fake and Corrupt News Media, such as Comcast/NBC, CNN, @nytimes & @washingtonpost. These "Fakers" are Bad News!

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019

Last year, Trump called Comcast more dangerous for the economy that the merger of AT&T phone giant and Time Warner, a deal which the Justice Department sued to break up. The Justice Department lost the case in the federal courts and the deal closed in 2018.

American Cable Association has big problems with Comcast. They say that Comcast routinely violates Antitrust Laws. "These guys are acting much worse, and have much more potential for damage to consumers, than anything AT&T-Time Warner would do." Charlie Gasparino

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018

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