Former president George W. Bush rarely weighs in on current political events, but on Monday, he offered some of his most pointed critiques of President Donald Trump’s statements and policies in an interview with NBC News’ “Today” show.
Asked about Trump’s claim that the media is the “enemy of the people,” Bush warned that an independent press is essential to democracy and that denouncing the press at home makes it difficult for the United States to preach democratic values abroad.
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.
“Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse power, whether it be here or elsewhere,” he added.
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