Chris Wallace spoke with President Donald Trump for FOX News Sunday, in a pre-recorded and in-depth interview that aired this morning, and the two discussed the issue of press freedom and Trump's attacks on the media.
Wallace, in the clip below, put on screen and read aloud the president's infamous "enemy of the people" tweet from last year. "I want to quote it accurately," said Wallace, “'The fake news media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people.'”
"That’s true, 100 percent," began Trump. "Not the media. I’m glad you’re finally quoting it correctly because they like to leave the fake news out."
Trump said, as he as before, that he was referring specifically to news that is "fake" and not the media in general. Wallace objected that many prior presidents have taken issue with the press being unfair but have never labeled them an "enemy of the people."
"Chris, I’m calling the fake news is the enemy -- it’s fake, it’s phony," Trump said again.
The President then brought up the issue from last week when he did not visit the veteran's cemetery in France on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, on Veterans Day. He said that the Secret Service wouldn't allow it and that the press wasn't reporting that.
"Not one paper that I saw wrote it that way," he said. "They said I stayed out of it because of the rain."
Wallace objected again, saying "But, sir leaders in authoritarian countries like Russia, China, Venezuela, now repress the media using your words."
The two went back and forth for some time on the issue. Eventually President Trump separated out Chris Wallace and, presumably, Fox News, as not being part of the "enemy" fake news.
"Most of it is bias, most of it is bias," said Trump of the media's coverage of his presidency, after Wallace had agreed that "some" was bias.
"I don’t know, but the idea that you call us the enemy of the people--" Wallace began.
"I’m not calling you that," Trump interjected.
"We’re all together," said Wallace.
"I’m not calling you – you don’t understand it," Trump continued.
Again, in crosstalk, Wallace said "we’re all together."
"No, no, no, I’m not calling you --" Trump further continued.
"It doesn’t matter whether you call-- but when you call CNN and the New York Times and –- we, we’re in solidarity, sir," he said.
Watch the clip below, from FOX News Sunday.