Steven Spielberg says there’s “no room for partisanship” among patriotic Americans.

“I think it’s very, very important that our movie is seen not as a political, partisan play on the part of what they call the ‘liberal media’ or liberal Hollywood,” Spielberg, director of the soon-to-be-released “The Post,” told ITK at the film’s premiere in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night.

“But this is truly a story about patriotism, because I think that partisanship and patriotism — there is no room for partisanship if we all feel like we’re patriots,” Spielberg said of the Pentagon Papers movie.

Spielberg’s take came after ITK asked him how he’d describe the job President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE — who once dubbed the “Lincoln” and “Schindler’s List” director a “great filmmaker” — is doing in office.

“What are all these questions?” Spielberg exclaimed, sounding exasperated.


“I love this nation,” he said. “And I made this movie because I love this country so much.”

Star power was out in full force Thursday at the Newseum for “The Post’s” debut.

Meryl Streep stars as late The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, while Tom Hanks takes on the role of the paper’s legendary editor Ben Bradlee as they engage in a game of catchup with The New York Times in a 1971 race to publish articles about the classified study about the Vietnam War.

Streep told reporters on the red carpet that Graham’s 1997 book about her life was “the greatest autobiography that I’ve ever read by anyone,” saying she was “humbled” to play someone showing “how honest she was about her insecurities and how needlessly she suffered from those feelings of inferiority, and how everything in our culture contributed to make her feel that way. And those battles have not been won yet, and every woman recognizes those feelings.”

When ITK asked who Streep would be rooting for in the 2020 White House race, the actress — a vocal Trump critic who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention — replied in mock disgust, “Uch!”

“I think it is a very good patriotic movie about what is the state of America,” an animated Hanks told reporters.

“Because here’s the thing that I’ve learned from history: It seems as though nothing ever changes,” Hanks, 61, continued. “The people in power want to stay in power and they’ll do anything in order to do it. And the people who want to lie want to keep on lying because otherwise you won’t be able to lie anymore.”

“Women — we should strip off all the names off of [the] top of resumes, hire whoever’s best for the job, and have a true meritocracy,” Hanks said.

Also eyed at the premiere: Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall Senate opens Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-Vt.), Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Reps. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D-Mich.), Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Trump honors Stanley Cup champions, talks impeachment, Turkey MORE (R-Mo.), Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Republicans offer details on environmental proposals after Democrats roll out plan Overnight Energy: Cost analysis backing BLM move comes under scrutiny | Republicans eye legislation to rival Dems' climate plan | Report claims top global risks all climate-related MORE (R-Ore.), and Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, Amazon founder and current Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, actress and Hanks’s wife Rita Wilson, other “The Post” stars Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Alison Brie, Mathew Rhys, David Cross, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Stuhlbarg, Fox News’s Chris Wallace, and CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“The Post” opens in theaters nationwide on Jan. 12.