The new film “The Post,” which is about a publication President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE has dismissed as “fake news” and stars two of his fiercest Hollywood critics, could soon get a screening at his White House.
The White House has requested access to the Steven Spielberg-directed Pentagon Papers drama, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, to show at both 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and Camp David, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The White House didn’t immediately return ITK’s request for comment Friday.
Hanks, who plays legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in the film, told The Hollywood Reporter last month that he would “probably not” screen the movie at the White House if asked by Trump.
"I don't think I would," the 61-year-old actor said. “This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go.”
Hanks has been critical of Trump and the administration’s treatment of the press, comparing it to the days of former President Richard Nixon.
Trump frequently derides the national media as "fake" or "the opposition party," referring to the Post as "FAKE NEWS WaPo" as recently as last month.
Trump plans to announce the winners of the "Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards" on Monday.
Streep, who stars in the film as the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, slammed Trump in an emotional Golden Globes acceptance speech last year. Trump responded in a tweet, calling the Academy Award winner and 2016 Democratic National Convention speaker “over-rated.”
Streep’s “Post” performance is nominated for another Golden Globe, with the award ceremony set for Sunday night.
At the Washington premiere of “The Post” last month, Spielberg told ITK it was important that the movie, which opens nationwide on Jan. 12, isn’t seen as a “partisan play on the the part of what they call the ‘liberal media.’”
“This is truly a story about patriotism,” Spielberg said, “because I think that partisanship and patriotism — there is no room for partisanship if we all feel like we’re patriots.”
Screening films is common at the White House. Back in 2015, then-President Obama cut off his year-end press conference to attend a White House screening for military families of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”