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General James Mattis Has Some Bold Pushback After Trump Calls Press ‘the Enemy’

Last month, General James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense by Congress.

He could very well be the first person on President Trump’s staff to question his judgment publicly.

As he is known to do, Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump, sent out a tweet that called the press “the enemy of the American people:”

General Mattis was subsequently asked during his trip to Europe and the Middle East about his thoughts on the matter.

According to Reuters, the general had this to say:

“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.”

In addition to General Mattis, others have also been asked for their input regarding President Trump’s tweet. Senator John McCain spoke of dictators shutting down the press, while Senator Rand Paul stated McCain’s issue was “colored” by a personal disagreement with Trump.

According to The Huffington Post, White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, has expressed similar views to Trump’s, citing “created stories” and “anonymous sources” as being problematic in terms of press coverage.