In an angry tweet from this Wednesday, President Trump took aim at CNN and NBC, calling them “fake news” outlets who “are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea.”
“So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN,” Trump tweeted. “They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have ‘begged’ for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!”
So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Trump has slandered the press before, but the only other time he’s characterized it as “the enemy” was back in 2017.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
The rhetoric is alarming. As CNN’s Brian Stelter points out, “No modern American president has publicly spoken this way about the press,” not even Richard Nixon.
Responding to Trump’s tweet, journalism professor Dan Gillmore called on reporters to stand firm in the face of Trump’s attacks.
“Dear journalists, once again: When someone declares war on you and on freedom of expression, you have two options. 1) Surrender (what many have done already by normalizing this stuff). 2) Find allies and fight like hell to protect freedom of expression for everyone, not just you,” he tweeted.
Speaking on Fox News to Sean Hannity, Trump praised Kim Jong Un as a “strong guy” and a “great negotiator”
“He’s got a very good personality, he’s funny, and he’s very, very smart,” Trump said of Kim in the interview that aired Tuesday night. “He’s a great negotiator, and he’s a very strategic kind of a guy.”
Considering that Trump gave away all kinds of concessions in exchange for undefined “security guarantees” and vague promises of “denuclearization,” Kim probably really is the great negotiator that Trump made him out to be.
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