State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert had to give a combative CNN reporter a lecture on the First Amendment on Thursday, informing her that President Donald Trump also has the freedom to express his thoughts and opinions.
“You had a whole lot to say about press freedom, basically speaking to the world on that,” CNN’s Michelle Kosinski said on World Press Freedom Day. “So when the President of the United States and those around him repeatedly say the words ‘fake news,’ isn’t that disinformation?”
“We’ve discussed this as well,” Nauert responded. “You and I have had many exchanges on this, and that’s part of the beauty of a free press and the beauty of a First Amendment when people can say what they want. You don’t have to agree with it, others don’t have to agree with it, but that is certainly within [Trump’s] own right to do.”
Nauert had to remind Kosinski that in other countries around the world, journalists are jailed and harassed for their work in the media.
“So because that’s not happening here, the White House lying and saying ‘fake news’ is a better deal?” Kosinski asked.
“Michelle, I’m not going to get into this,” Nauert shot back. “Look, it’s the right of the free press and of the president, and he has the right to speak his mind and has a right to be concerned about stories that he feels are inaccurate.”
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert had to inform CNN's Michelle Kosinski that President Donald Trump also has First Amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/Aw9Qj0ZWN7
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