Wallace Grills Trump on ‘Enemy of the People’ Press Attacks, Rejects Excluding Fox: ‘We’re in Solidarity, Sir’
President Donald Trump has made infamous his attacks on the media with claims of “fake news” and the label, “enemy of the people,” but Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace sent the commander in chief a clear message of unification with outlets like CNN and The New York Times: We’re in this together.
During an exclusive interview with the president, Wallace sparred with Trump over his anti-press rhetoric, trying his best to change his mind to no avail.
“No president has liked his press coverage,” Wallace pointed out, citing President John F. Kennedy‘s cancellation of White House subscriptions to the New York Herald-Tribune over his own frustrations. “Nobody called it the enemy of the American people.”
Despite Wallace’s argument that Trump only bashes new he doesn’t like, the president couldn’t be swayed.
“No it’s not, no, no. I don’t mind getting bad news if I’m wrong,” he said, then going on to clarify that his anger toward the media wasn’t really targeting Wallace.
“The news, Chris, I’m not talking about you, but you sometimes maybe. But I’m not talking about you. The news about me is largely phony. It’s false. Even sometimes they’ll say ‘sources say.’ There is no source, in many cases – in many cases there is.”
But Trump’s decision to focus his outrage on certain outlets that haven’t covered his administration favorably didn’t matter to Wallace.
Showing support for news organizations that have come under the president’s scrutiny, Wallace told Trump that when he goes after The New York Times and CNN, “we’re in solidarity, sir.”
Still, Trump contended his name calling was warranted.
“I am calling fake news, fake reporting, is what’s tearing this country apart because people know, people like things that are happening and they’re not hearing about it.”
Watch the clip above via FOX News Sunday.
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