Rove: Trump should 'tone down' attacks on media

Rove: Trump should 'tone down' attacks on media
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Karl Rove on Monday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE should "tone down" his attacks on the media. 

“I think this is over the top," the GOP strategist, who served as a top adviser to former President George W. Bush, said on Fox News. "Every president has problems with the media. I was in the White House for seven years - I didn’t like the coverage they gave George W. Bush, particularly the liberal New York Times." 

"But I think the president is better if he makes his case on a case-by-case basis, that is to say, when they say something that is wrong, he ... respectfully disagrees with them," Rove said.

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Rove added that Trump's escalating attacks on the media "grate on" him because his language echoes Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who also used to refer to the press as the "enemy of the people." 

"I grew up during the time of the Cold War and that is a phrase that was used by Stalin against the enemies of the Communist regime," Rove said.

"I think the president would be well-advised to tone down the rhetoric," Rove added.

Trump in recent days has ramped up attacks on "fake news," accusing journalists of causing war, lying incessantly and being "horrible, horrendous people." His supporters at rallies have frequently broken into the chant "CNN sucks," referencing the network that Trump most often targets.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week refused to say that the press is not  the enemy of the people. In a heated back-and-forth with CNN's Jim Acosta, whom Trump has targeted multiple times, Sanders listed her grievances with the media and said the president has made his stance on the matter clear.

The president's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump, Biden vie for Minnesota Trump luxury properties have charged US government .1M since inauguration: report Ivana Trump: Ivanka could 'definitely' be first female president MORE, as well as White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death George Conway hits Trump on 9/11 anniversary: 'The greatest threat to the safety and security of Americans' MORE, however, have stated in recent days that they do not think the press is the "enemy of the people." 

Trump's has continued his attacks on the press after a mass shooter in June opened fire at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland, killing five people and injuring several others.