Weld says Trump wants reporters to 'roam free' in Iran, but not US

Weld says Trump wants reporters to 'roam free' in Iran, but not US
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The “one bit of good news” amid mixed claims on intelligence over the recent U.S. drone strike against Iran is President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE’s call for reporters to be able to “roam free” in Iran, Trump’s Republican challenger Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries Trump sweeps through mini-Super Tuesday primaries Trump glides to victory in Super Tuesday GOP primaries MORE said Sunday. 

“The one bit of good news today is we know that he wants reporters to roam free in Iran,” Trump said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” referencing the president’s Sunday morning tweet

“The only problem is he doesn’t want them to roam free in the U.S., because he says to us a free press is the ‘enemy of the people’,” Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, added, noting Trump’s repeated attack on the media. 

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Weld continued that Trump appears to “demand not only loyalty but exclusive loyalty from everybody.” 

“You not only got to be loyal to him, you got to not be loyal to the truth,” Weld said. 

“He thinks unless people are exclusively loyal to him, and complimenting him, and praising him all the time, they are the enemy,” he added. “I’m afraid, I mean, the man is beset by demons and I’m glad I don’t have them but I think they include fear and anger and insecurity.”

Questioned over Trump’s claim in a Fox News interview that aired last week that Iran was plotting attacks on four U.S. embassies, Weld said Trump “projects constantly.”

“I think the president has a loose grasp on the truth, and on facts, and I agree with you,” Weld said to CNN’s Brian Stelter, “I do think he does makes things up as he goes along.” 

Several lawmakers have said that Trump’s claim that four embassies were targeted in a plot by the killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was not supported by intelligence in briefings to lawmakers.

Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperFirst US service member dies from coronavirus Pentagon orders military bases to stop releasing specific COVID-19 numbers Overnight Defense: Pentagon orders bases to stop reporting coronavirus numbers | Hospital ship arrives in NY | Marines pause sending new recruits to boot camp | Defense bill work delayed MORE said Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation” that he didn’t see intelligence that supported the claim that the four embassies were targeted in potential attacks, but said he shared the president’s view.