White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway accused the media of "trying to interfere with the president" on July 3 for reporting on President Donald Trump's tweets (video below).
Appearing on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," Conway criticized journalists for covering Trump's retweet of a doctored video of Trump attacking a CNN reporter on July 2:
The media have now moved on from Russia to cover themselves. I doubt that's going to help their 14 percent approval rating. The American people see that they’re trying to interfere with the president communicating directly through his very powerful social media network channels.
Notice that they don’t cover the substance of the issues. I know it’s a heck of a lot easier to cover 140 characters here or there or what the president may be saying about the media here or there than it is to learn the finer points of how Medicaid is funded in this country and how that would or would not change under the Senate bill.
CNN did an in-depth report on June 30 about how the Congressional Budget Office found that the Republican Senate health care bill would cut Medicaid spending by 35 percent in 2036, which could severely hurt poor Americans in need of health care.
An internet poll taken by the conservative Drudge Report found that 77.7 percent believe Trump should keep tweeting, while 22.3 percent want him to delete his social media account, notes The Hill.
Some have accused Trump of encouraging violence against the media with his CNN video retweet, but three unidentified White House officials reportedly support it.
"I thought [the CNN video] was funny," a White House official told The Daily Beast. "Glad [Dan] Scavino and the president did that."
Scavino is the White House director of social media.
"The president fights back," a second official added. "It’s rich that some of you people [in the media] can never take a joke."
"Pure Trump," a third official stated.
The three officials refused to comment when asked if the Trump/CNN video encouraged violence against journalists.
Thomas Bossert, the president’s homeland security adviser, told ABC News' "This Week" on July 2: "I think that no one would perceive that as a threat -- I hope they don’t. But I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to."
CNN released a statement that said Trump was engaging in "juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office," and added: "It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so."