GOP lawmaker: ‘I disregard and discount anything that involves the mainstream media'
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Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisOvernight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences House panel advances bill to block military construction funds for border wall House committee approves 9.8b health, education bill MORE (R–Md.) on Tuesday dismissed criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE's remarks during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week, saying he discounts “anything that involves the mainstream media press.” 

Unlike a handful of Republican lawmakers who have condemned Trump for appearing to refute his own intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election during the press conference, Harris lauded Trump's meeting with Putin as a “successful summit.” 


Harris’s comments also echo similar sentiments expressed by the president, who previously referred to the press as the enemy of the people.

Harris made the remarks while appearing at a Tuesday event called Conversations with Conservatives, which also featured other members of the House Freedom Caucus.

When asked at the event if members supported Trump’s comments at the press briefing following the Monday summit, Harris also reportedly fired back at reporters, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Given the unfriendliness of the press toward the president, why should we focus on a press conference?” Harris asked reporters. “We should concentrate on the summit. The summit in fact had the two world superpowers sit down and discuss in a civilized way for two hours privately, and then two hours with staff, the wide gamut of issues that are important to this world. I call that a success. A successful summit.”

Trump has since clarified his comments on Russia, saying he meant to say that he didn't see any reason why Russia "wouldn't" be responsible for interfering in the 2016 election.