CBS’ Dickerson Asks Priebus About People Who Might ‘Act’ on Trump’s Media Enemy Tweet

CBS’ John Dickerson started out his interview by confronting White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about President Trump‘s media “enemy” tweet and whether someone might “act” on that.

Priebus said people should be taking that tweet seriously, telling Dickerson that the press needs to “get its act together.” He also said that reporters need to stop using reports full of unnamed sources.

Dickerson acknowledged that previous White Houses have criticized the press, but said the “enemy” line is new.

Priebus said there’s been a “feeding frenzy” over scandal and “bogus Russian spy stories” with this White House and very little coverage of their accomplishments so far.

Dickerson brought up comments Trump made during the campaign about protesters that people worried made the atmosphere more heated, and asked Priebus, “What would you say to anybody who might take license with the idea when the president says the press is the enemy and act on that declaration?”

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Priebus responded, “Certainly we would never condone violence, but we do condone critical thought.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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