Egypt's foreign ministry took a play from U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday in a late night Twitter attack on CNN's coverage of the deadly ISIS attack in Sinai over the weekend. The ministy's official Twitter account wrote, "As usual, deplorable @CNN coverage of Sinai tragedy today. Anchor more interested in reporters access to Sinai than in those who lost their lives !!!"
Both the use of the word "deplorable," a designation many Trump followers wear with pride after Hillary Clinton used the term to describe them, as well as the tone of the tweet are reminiscent of Trump, who himself launched a Twitter attack against CNN the same day.
Early morning Sunday, Trump attacked CNN International, writing, ".@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!"
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Trump's attack, along with Egypt's, also happened to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law that could require U.S. news organizations to register as foreign agents.
The exact reason behind Egypt's attack on CNN isn't entirely clear, though CNN had interviewed victims of Friday's deadly mosque attack earlier on Sunday. Egypt's current government is known to harshly silence critics and was likley displeased with CNN allowing victims of the terror attack to publicly criticize the government. "No one got out of the mosque," one survivor told CNN outside a hospital. "The military could hear the gunshots from their unit and they didn't move."