Senate takes shot at Trump, passes resolution affirming 'press is not the enemy of the people'

Senate takes shot at Trump, passes resolution affirming 'press is not the enemy of the people'
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The Senate took a rhetorical shot on Thursday at President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE's attacks on the media, passing a resolution affirming that the press is "not the enemy of the people."

The nonbinding resolution, which cleared the chamber by unanimous consent, also touts the "indispensable role of the free press" and says an attack on the media meant to "systematically undermine the credibility of the press as a whole [is] an attack on our democratic institutions."

Spearheaded by Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzSenate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down Advocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide MORE (D-Hawaii) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurf war derails bipartisan push on surprise medical bills Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave MORE (D-N.Y.), the resolution doesn't directly mention Trump, who has called the press the "enemy of the people."

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The Senate's action came hours after Trump launched his latest attack on the press, saying much of what is written is "fake news."

"There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!" he said in a tweet.

Trump has maintained a fraught relationship with the press since his candidacy, frequently deriding news outlets as "fake news" and seeking to discredit unfavorable coverage about himself and his administration.

The president has suggested revoking press credentials from reporters, encouraged rally crowds to lash out at the media and even gone as far as labeling journalists the "enemy of the people," suggesting that they "cause war."

On Thursday, hundreds of papers joined The Boston Globe in the paper's initiative calling for editorial boards to take a stand against Trump's rhetoric toward the media, which Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of the Globe who oversees the paper’s editorial page, dubbed a "dirty war."

Trump lambasted the coordinated effort in a tweet on Thursday, accusing the Globe of "collusion with other papers."

"The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!" Trump tweeted.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump said, "there is nothing I would want more for our Country than true freedom of the press," before claiming that the media often pushes a political agenda or is "trying to hurt people."