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Trump refuses to take questions from CNN in press conference: 'You are fake news'

"Your organization's terrible."

President-elect Donald Trump responded to an inquiry by CNN's Jim Acosta at a press conference, stating "I'm not going to give you a question, you are fake news."

Trump's decision was in response to a report published by CNN, stating intel officials informed him of alleged Russian efforts to blackmail him.

CNN reported the allegations stemmed from a two-page memo compiled by a former British intelligence operative.

The FBI is reportedly investigating the accuracy and credibility of the claims stated in the document, which was published by Buzzfeed Tuesday night.

In response to the exchange, CNN released a statement defending their reporting.

"CNN's decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this," the statement read.

"They are using Buzzfeed's decision to deflect from CNN's reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations. We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report's allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate."

Before the press conference Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted Russia's statement that the information was "a complete and total fabrication, utter nonsense."

Jim Acosta said he was told by Trump spokesman Sean Spicer that he would be expelled from the press conference if he pushed to ask another question.

"Donald Trump indicated he was not going to call on me or call on CNN," Acosta said.

"I felt if it was only fair that if our news organization is going to be attacked, that we get a chance to ask a follow-up question about what Donald Trump was talking about."

Acosta's question for the president-elect was later asked by an ABC reporter about Trump's associated allegedly contacting the Russians.

Trump denied any contact between his associates and the Russians.

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