A top aide to President Trump said on Sunday that the new administration is going to “rethink” its relationship with the press.
“Chuck, if we’re going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms, I think we’re going to have to rethink our relationship here,” Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after host Chuck Todd asked about press secretary Sean Spicer’s criticism of the press one day earlier.
Spicer in his first official appearance in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room denounced news organizations’ focus on the inaugural crowd size as “shameful and wrong” and took no questions from the press.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said.
Conway said Sunday that Spicer provided the press with “alternative facts” about the crowd size during the briefing.
But Todd pushed back against Conway, saying alternative facts are falsehoods.
Spicer in the briefing also targeted a Time magazine reporter who mistakenly wrote in a pool report that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office.
Conway cited the reporter’s mistake as a falsehood.
–Mallory Shelbourne contributed to this report, which was updated at 11:21 a.m.
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