Trump Clarifies Ivanka's Defense of Media: 'Fake News' Is Enemy of the People


President Donald Trump argued on Thursday that he and daughter Ivanka are in agreement that the media is not the “enemy of the people,” but he added, “fake news” is.

The first daughter was asked at an event hosted by Axios earlier in the day if she believed the media is the enemy of the people.

“No, I do not,” Ivanka Trump replied, appearing surprised by the question.

“That’s not a view that is shared in your family,” Axios co-founder Michael Allen responded.

Ivanka Trump elaborated, “I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripes, especially when they sort of feel targeted.”

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“But no, I do not consider the media the enemy of the people,” she said.

After multiple media outlets reported that the first daughter had broken with her father on the issue, the president tweeted, “They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no.”

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Trump added, “It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”

The president has often stated that not all reporters are bad and acknowledged there are some “great people” in the press.

He seems to most often label CNN with the moniker “fake news,” but others get the designation from him as well.

Shortly after taking office in 2017 he tweeted, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

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Last week, Trump met at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, who took over as publisher of The New York Times in January.

He tweeted afterward, “Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!”

On Thursday, CNN’s Jim Acosta pushed White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to state that the media is not the enemy of the American people.

“I think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here, at this briefing, that the press … are not the enemy of the people. I think we deserve that,” he said.

Sanders fired back: “It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country. Repeatedly, repeatedly the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger.”

“The media has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including your own network; said I should be harassed as a life sentence, that I should be choked,” she continued. “When I was hosted by the Correspondent’s Association, of which almost all of you are members of, you brought a comedian up to attack my appearance, and call me a traitor to my own gender.”

Sanders further pointed out, “(A)s I know, as far as I know, I’m the first press secretary in the history of the United States that’s required Secret Service protection.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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