The former secretary of state suggests that America may not have a free media anymore.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright blasted President Trump for his attacks on the media during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday, claiming it sets a bad example abroad.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) asked Albright if President Trump’s attacks on the free press give greater licenses to authoritarian leaders to clamp down on press freedoms in their countries.
“I’ve been asked this question, and the power of example here is wrong,” Albright told Van Hollen.
Albright goes on to explain to Van Hollen that when she talks to people in other countries about freedom of the press they ask her about President Trump and how he attacks the media.
“In this particular way, the power of our example is damaging, and I hope very much that we’re able to rectify this because it is very hard for us to go in and tell other countries what to do,” Albright continued.
Albright concluded by telling Van Hollen, “the press is the basis of a free society and that is something that we talk about when we travel abroad.” And, Albright added, “the media is absolutely essential, a free media that is able to speak out on behalf of the people.”
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