Jeff Flake: Trump’s Attacks on the Press Are Stalin-Esque

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press are Stalin-esque, adding that he will be giving a speech this week on the issue to coincide with Trump’s “fake news awards” to be unveiled on Wednesday. “When you reflexively refer to the press as the ‘enemy of the people’ or fake news, that has real damage. It has real damage to our standing in the world,” Flake, a top critic of the president, said on ABC’s This Week. “And I noted how bad it is for a president to take what was popularized by Joseph Stalin—the enemy of the people, to refer to the press.”

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Haitian-American GOP Rep: Yes, Trump’s ‘Sh*thole’ Comments Were Racist

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Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s reported comments about “shithole countries” were racist in nature. “I think they were, yes,” Love said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think that they were unfortunate.” Last week, lawmakers who were in the room with Trump during a meeting about immigration policy confirmed that the president said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” It was later reported that Trump said, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?” Love is the first Haitian-American to be elected to Congress.

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Trump Escalates a Dispute With The Wall Street Journal Over a Quotation

By MICHAEL D. SHEARJAN. 14, 2018

President Trump said he had been misquoted as saying, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un,” the North Korean dictator. Credit KCNA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty
PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump on Sunday morning ratcheted up a dispute with The Wall Street Journal, accusing the newspaper of purposely misquoting him as saying in an interview that he has a good relationship with the leader of North Korea.

In two tweets from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., the president applied a familiar denigrating term — “fake news” — to a Journal report on Thursday that said Mr. Trump had boasted during an interview: “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un. I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”

Mr. Trump insisted that he had actually started his sentence with the contraction “I’d,” not “I,” which would change the meaning from a surprising boast of an existing relationship into a prediction that he could have a good relationship with the dictator if he wanted it.

Mr. Trump’s attack came hours after Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, posted on Twitter what she called the “official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS.” She also posted an image with the words “FAKE NEWS” in a bright red banner and saying: “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN. FALSELY QUOTING PRESIDENT TRUMP.”

Later on Sunday, Ms. Sanders wrote on Twitter that the White House had first requested a correction from The Journal on Friday morning, the day after the interview.

The Journal responded to the president’s accusations by posting its own audio recording and a statement standing by its understanding of what he had said. “We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported,” the statement said.

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