Spielberg, Tom Hanks compare Trump administration to Nixon's
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Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks compared the current presidential administration to that of President Nixon's at the premiere for their new movie “The Post” on Thursday night.

Both men said at the event for the movie, which details The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, that attacks on the free press from the White House at the time are similar to assaults on the media now, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


“There’s a lot of excitement when you talk about stolen papers and government secrets and an administration attacking the press to stop the truth from being told,” Spielberg said.

“That all happened in 1971, but it’s kind of kind of evocative of things that are also part of the current landscape. And so we thought that was a story that couldn’t wait to be told,” he said.

Hanks, who plays Post editor Ben Bradlee in the film, also told the Reporter that the Nixon administration had launched “a full-frontal assault on the First Amendment by literally trying to stop the press from publishing.”

“You can’t do that and still have the United States of America," Hanks said. "I think the current administration and their like-minded allies are waging a guerrilla war on the First Amendment.”

Spielberg's and Hanks’s comments come as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE repeatedly attacks the media for its coverage of his administration.

He once again attacked the press earlier this month after recent errors in reports about former and current Trump officials.