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Trump sues CNN, wants $475m in damages

US former president Donald Trump on Monday sued CNN, accusing the cable television news network of defamation, and wants $475 million in punitive damages.

Trump, in a lawsuit filed at a US District Court in Florida, accused CNN of waging a campaign of “libel and slander” against him because it “fears” he will run for president again in 2024.

Trump’s lawyers in the 29-page complaint said “CNN has sought to use its massive influence, purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically”.

The former US president, who requested a jury trial, had a sour relationship with CNN and other major news outlets like The New York Times during his administration, branding them “fake news” and repeatedly lashing out at them on social media.

Editing by Tersoo Nicholas