US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis refuses to fall into line behind President Donald Trump’s characterization of the press as “the enemy of the American people.”
“I’ve had some rather contentious times with the press. But no, the press, as far as I’m concerned, are a constituency that we deal with. And I don’t have any issues with the press, myself,” he says, according to Reuters.
Trump had tweeted Saturday that “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017