CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Warns Trump’s Threats Empower Dictators to ‘Beat up Against the Press’
Speaking on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning, Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour warned that President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the press have negative implications for the media around the world.
Her comments came during a conversation with Brian Stelter where the CNN Reliable Sources host talked about Trump not giving a broadcast television interview for over a year. He then asked Amanpour how Trump’s last week’s news has played out in the international press.
Amanpour replied by commenting on Trump’s lack of broadcast television interviews as well as his tweeted out threat to pull press credentials.
The latter, she warned, would only empower anti-press despots and dictators across the globe.
“I mean, look, we have, for instance, in London, this weekend, the president of Turkey, a U.S. Ally. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming here. This is one of the key abusers of the press in his own country. I mean, taking them to court, you know, putting them in prison. I mean, just the worst,” she began.
She then issued this warning: “So when the president of the United States of America, you know, says these kinds of things, other leaders are empowered, whether they’re quasi-democratic, authoritarian, dictatorial, they’re all empowered to beat up against the press. And that’s really dangerous around the world.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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