Trump says only a ‘large percentage’ of the press is the ‘enemy of the people’

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He basically said ‘not all media.’

President Donald Trump addressed a comment his daughter Ivanka Trump gave on Thursday morning where she said she disagreed with her father that the media was the “enemy of the people.”

In the president’s mind, everyone was missing a key distinction.

Not all the media is an enemy of the United States, Trump said, only a “large percentage” of the media is the “enemy of the people.”

“They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president first described the press that way in February 2017, where he tweeted that the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News were not just his “enemy,” but the “enemy of the American people!”

On Thursday Ivanka Trump was asked—during an event hosted by the news outlet Axios—whether she thought the press was the “enemy” of American citizens, to which she answered bluntly: “no, I do not.”

She added:

“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they sort of feel targeted, but, no, I do not feel the media the enemy of the people.”

Also today, when asked several times if the White House believed the press was the “enemy of the American people,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to answer, only adding that she was there to “speak on behalf of the president” and that Trump had “made his comments clear.”

Trump’s disdain for the press has reached his most ardent supports. During a rally in Florida earlier this week, a reporter posted a video of the crowd shouting at members of media covering the event and giving them the middle finger.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).