âIs it not âdangerousâ for the media,â she continued, âto create false narratives and overzealous attacks against the president that the American people chose to be their leader? The president is focused on growing our economy, creating jobs, securing our border and protecting Americans. Since those are also the priorities of most Americans, hopefully the media will make covering them theirs.â
In an attempt to deflect criticism that he had stoked racial divisions by failing to unequivocally condemn the actions of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville as racist, Mr. Trump had accused the news media of giving a platform to hate groups.
He singled out by name The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post.
Mr. al-Hussein said that the violence in Charlottesville was âan abomination.â The Nazi salutes, the display of swastikas and the anti-Semitic chants had no place in the United States or anywhere else, he said.
âTo call these news organizations fake does tremendous damage,â Mr. al-Hussein added. âI believe it could amount to incitement. At an enormous rally, referring to journalists as very, very bad people â you donât have to stretch the imagination to see then what could happen to journalists.â
Mr. Trumpâs relationship with the news media has veered from lobbing labels like âdishonestâ and âenemy of the peopleâ at certain companies to agreeing to cordial sit-downs with those very outlets, like a wide-ranging interview with Times reporters in July.