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News host Chris Wallace interviewed President Donald Trump on
November 16, 2018.


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  • “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace told President Donald
    Trump his claims about American news media made him a worldwide
    “beacon of repression.”
  • In an interview aired Sunday, Trump railed against outlets he
    called “fake news,” which was a term Wallace said was part of the
    rhetoric that is similar to authoritarian rulers.
  • Wallace also objected to Trump’s attempt to classify outlets,
    saying Fox News stood with the president’s usual targets CNN and
    The New York Times “in solidarity.”

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace pushed back against
President Donald Trump’s claims about American news media and
said his extreme targeting of news outlets made him a “beacon for
repression” around the world.

In a lengthy interview that aired
Sunday
, Wallace told Trump that his oft-used characterization
of mainstream media outlets as “fake news” is a dangerous
departure from simply disagreeing with the coverage of his
administration.

“Leaders in authoritarian countries like Russia, China, Venezuela
now repress the media using your words,” Wallace said,
specifically citing a February 2017 tweet in which
Trump listed the New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, and CNN as
“the enemy of the American people.”

“I can’t talk for other people, I can only talk for me,” Trump
said.

Wallace interjected, “But you’re seen around the world as a
beacon for repression.”

Trump then insisted he only disagreed with outlets that
consistently cover his administration negatively, which signaled
they were unfair.


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Wallace said the president doesn’t “get to decide what’s fair and
what’s not.”

“I can tell what’s fair and what’s not,” Trump replied, adding
that the media doesn’t report when he does something “very good.”

“[President] Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time,”
Wallace said, “but he never said we were the enemy of the
people.”

Trump acknowledged his criticism of the press involved saying
“something differently than anyone has ever said it before.” The
president then tried again to distinguish the “fake news” from
legitimate media when Wallace rejected a possible distinction.

“We’re all together,” Wallace said. “When you call CNN and The
New York Times [fake news], we are in solidarity, sir.”

Fox News recently offered a major rebuke against
the Trump administration when it supported a lawsuit that CNN
brought against the Trump administration last week over the
decision to revoke CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass.


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A scene from the press
conference when Acosta and Trump clashed.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The dispute came after a combative exchange between
Acosta and Trump at a press conference last week.

After arguing about Acosta’s question about the migrant caravan
traveling to the US, Trump called Acosta a “rude, terrible
person.”

A White House intern eventually attempted to grab the microphone
from Acosta’s hand, though he twisted away from her and held onto
it.

The Trump administration argued that the First
Amendment didn’t grant Acosta the right to enter the White House
and that the administration has “broad discretion” to revoke
press credentials.

On Friday, a federal judge ordered for Acosta’s
credentials to be returned.

Trump told Wallace the ruling was “not a big deal” but that his
administration is now drafting a code of conduct for reporters to
follow in onsite press conferences, as Press Secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders announced last week.

“If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news
conference,” Trump said.

Watch a clip of the ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview below:

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