Fox’s Host Tells Trump That World Sees Him As “Beacon For Repression”

Chris Wallace said leaders in "countries like Russia, China, Venezuela, now repress the media using your words."

During his interview with President Donald Trump, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace confronted the president over his attacks on the news media, saying Trump is “seen around the world as a beacon for repression”.

Wallace pointed out that other presidents might have indicated their frustration with media but did not go so far as to label the press “the enemy of the American people.”

Via USA Today:

> "Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but he never said we were the enemy of the people," Wallace said.

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> Trump said "nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do" and attempted to clarify that he did not believe all media is the "enemy," but only outlets which he considers "fake news."

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> "But a lot of times, sir, it’s just news you don’t like," Wallace replied. And he told the president that "leaders in authoritarian countries like Russia, China, Venezuela, now repress the media using your words."

Trump rejected that he is responsible for influencing other leaders, saying, "I can’t talk for other people, I can only talk for me.”

> "But you’re seen around the world as a beacon for repression," Wallace said.

The president defended his stance toward the press, saying he only targets media outlets that cover him unfairly and publish false stories.

> Wallace told Trump that the president doesn't "get to decide what’s fair and what’s not."

> "I can tell what’s fair and not and so can my people and so can a lot of other people," Trump replied.

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