Donald Trump’s war on the media means he will struggle to challenge China over “ideological” questions such as human rights, a Communist party-controlled newspaper claimed, as the US president intensified his offensive against the press, labelling journalists “the enemy of the American people”.
In an editorial published on Saturday morning, China’s state-run Global Times newspaper celebrated how Trump’s early moves in office suggested he would be “less concerned about issues like human rights” – long a bone of contention between western governments and Beijing’s authoritarian rulers.
“His war with mainstream media makes it difficult for Trump to ally with the media on [the] ideological front against China,” the state-run tabloid said, adding: “Many have predicted that Trump’s presidency would exacerbate the recession of liberalism.”
The Global Times’ comments came as Trump followed up on Thursday’s extraordinary 77-minute media conference with a renewed assault on the media, whose refusal to publish fawning reviews of his first weeks in office has led the president to accuse them of publishing “dishonest” and “fake” news.
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!” Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon.