Richard Grenell was challenged by CNN anchor Erin Burnett to explain how something could be both ‘classified’ and ‘fake news.’

The former acting director of national intelligence responded by using an actual report from her network.

Burnett and Grenell were discussing revelations from John Bolton’s controversial new book, “The Room Where It Happened,” in which Grenell insinuated some of the more outrageous claims are fabricated.

“Why, if everything leaks at the NSC under John Bolton and during his tenure, every conversation, most transcripts, every little thing leaked, why wouldn’t any of these salacious stories leak now?” he inquired.

“Why are we just hearing about them when they’re packaged for a book deal?”

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Burnett pressed Grenell, asking “Are you saying he literally just made all this stuff up, that John Bolton at this point in his career decided to just make it up?”

“Which is it, Ambassador?” she challenged. “He’s saying it’s highly classified or it’s fake. It can’t be both.”

Grenell accepted the challenge and proceeded to hit a home run while humiliating CNN in the process.

“Of course it can be both … What are you talking about?” he fired back.

Burnett seemed exasperated by the notion, so Grenell helpfully explained.

“You can tell a story that has a nugget of classified information that is a totally erroneous story that goes off on a tangent and gives a false impression,” he alleged.

“Let me give you one example of a nugget of information that completely is made up and wrong that people believe,” continued Grenell. “It’s when CNN reported for a very long time that Kim Jong-Un was brain dead.”

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Grenell noted that CNN’s false Kim Jong-Un reporting contained a tidbit of classified information, concluded something erroneous, and “we couldn’t correct the record because of classified sources and methods.”

CNN reporter Jim Sciutto reported that Kim was in “grave danger” last month following surgery, using a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter as a source.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has suggested Bolton’s specious claims and cowardly actions have made him universally despised by people on both sides of the aisle.

“He’s discredited on both sides of the aisle and if you thought James Comey was the most disliked man in America,” she said, “I think John Bolton has taken that title.”