>> We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live, or what to believe.>> A day after President Trump ratcheted up his anti-press rhetoric at a Florida rally. One of the most influential members of his cabinet, US Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, distancing himself from Trump's words.
Saying he has no problem with the press.>> I've had some rather contentious times with the press. But no, the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with. And I don't have any issues with the press myself.>> Mattis's statement coming on his first trip to the Middle East.
And while he never mentioned his boss by name, his comments came in direct response to a question about Trump's tweet on Friday calling the media the enemy of the American People. And on Sunday, US Senator John McCain going a step further, telling NBC's Meet the Press, that without a free press, quote, I am afraid we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.
That's how dictators get started. McCain was at odds with Trump throughout his presidential campaign and has been critical of his frist few weeks in office. His and Matiss's remarks offset by White House Chief Staff Reince Priebus Sunday. Who popped up on CBS's Face The Nation to say the public should take Trump's branding of the press as public enemy very seriously, urging the media to quote, get it's act together.