Former President George W. Bush on Monday offered a gentle critique of some of the rhetoric and policies President Donald Trump has embraced in his first few weeks in office.
"Today" host Matt Lauer confronted Bush specifically about Trump's assertion that some news-media outlets were the "enemy of the people." It was a rare interview for Bush, who was promoting his new book, "Portraits of Courage."
Though Bush qualified that Trump had been in office for only a few weeks and that the media ecosystem was far less splintered during his administration, he emphasized the importance to democracy of dissenting media voices.
"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," Bush said. "We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. I mean power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive, and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power. Whether it be here or elsewhere."
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