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 nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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 Leahy‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire How the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal MORE (D-Vt.), Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Reps. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill MORE (D-Mich.), Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Bad weather stops Pelosi, lawmakers from attending Dingell funeral service The Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface MORE (R-Mo.), Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenFormer Ryan aide moves to K street Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Lawmakers pay tribute to John Dingell's legacy on health care | White House denies officials are sabotaging ObamaCare | FDA wants meeting with Juul, Altria execs on youth vaping House members hint at bipartisan net neutrality bill 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.