White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus clashed with Fox News’ Chris Wallace over the media’s coverage of President Trump and President Trump’s treatment of the media during an interview on Sunday.
Wallace asked Priebus about a tweet from President Trump where he claimed the media was a threat to the country and whether Trump actually believed this.
“No, I think, for the most part. And I understand where it comes from. There are certain things that are happening in the news that are not honest,” Priebus told Wallace.
Priebus went on to attack The New York Times for its reporting on Trump and Russia. “The New York Times last week put out an article with no direct sources that said that the Trump campaign had constant contacts with Russian spies,” Priebus said.
“I can assure you, and I’ve been approved to say this, that the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that story is not only inaccurate but it’s grossly overstated,” Priebus informed Wallace.
Wallace went back to the issue of how the Trump administration had treated the press, telling Priebus he had no problem with Trump criticizing media bias, but thought that what Trump tweeted went beyond that.
“We don’t have a state-run media in this country,” Wallace told Priebus. “That’s what they have in dictatorships.”
Priebus pointed to other stories that the media had reported on that had proved to be false.
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