The war between Donald Trump and the mainstream media has been no secret, but it appears to have escalated to a new level. After the president accused CNN of reporting more "Fake News," one top reporter took Trump to task.

CNN on Trump

When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for president, he quickly came under fire from the media for labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers." Over the next year and a half, the press would often debunk many of Trump's claims, leading the former host of "The Apprentice" to refer to reporters and journalists as "terrible" and "dishonest" people.

On Thursday morning, Trump once again took to his Twitter account to smear the media, but as seen during a February 9 CNN broadcast, at least one host is firing back.

On Wednesday, the news broke that Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal had spoke to Neil Gorsuch, who was recently nominated to the Supreme Court. According to Blumenthal, Gorsuch expressed outrage over Trump's recent comments about a federal judge and the court system. In response, Trump attacked the senator, and CNN host Chris Cuomo for not being hard enough on Blumenthal during a recent interview.

"Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave 'service' in Vietnam," the president tweeted, while also calling the network "FAKE NEWS!"

While speaking to CNN contributor Michael Smerconish on his radio show for SiriusXM radio on Thursday, Chris Cuomo elaborated with his thoughts on Donald Trump's comments, and didn't hold back.

"I see being called 'fake news' as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists," Cuomo said, while also comparing it to "calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity." Not stopping there, Cuomo went on to clarify "That's what fake news is to a journalist," before saying someone "better be right" if they are gonna make those claims.

Prior to his comments with Smerconish, Cuomo addressed the issue during his own segment on CNN, using video footage to debunk Trump's "fake news" allegation.

Moving forward

While it's only been three weeks since Donald Trump was sworn into office on Inauguration Day, he's already making a major impact. As his relationship continues to deteriorate with the press, it's not likely to improve anytime soon.