Chris Wallace Calls Trump a ‘Beacon of Repression’ for Media Clashes

‘No president has liked his press coverage …’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Fox News anchor Chris Wallace criticized President Donald Trump during a sit-down interview on Sunday, telling Trump that he is viewed as a “beacon of repression around the world” because of his frequent clashes with the press.

Wallace told Trump his rhetoric regarding the media has been unprecedented.

“No president has liked his press coverage … Nobody called it the ‘enemy of the American people,'” Wallace said.

“The fake news is the enemy—it’s fake, it’s phony,” Trump replied.

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The president clarified that negative press coverage doesn’t bother him if he gets something wrong, but when it maliciously spreads false information, it must be called out.

He said the vast majority of media coverage is “largely phony.”

Wallace said a notable example of Trump’s war on the press was the White House’s decision to revoke CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the White House to restore the press pass in a temporary injunction, but Trump was clear that if Acosta acts out at a future press conference, the White House will pull his press pass again.

“What they said though is that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etc., etc. We’re doing that, were going to write them up right now,” Trump said. “It’s not a big deal. And if he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the court’s limited ruling proves that Acosta does not have a constitutional right to enter the White House.

“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House,” Sanders said in a statement. “In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”