Sen. John McCain is defending the free press as an important part of a strong democracy in an exclusive interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday.
The Republican Arizona senator admitted that the relationship between the media and elected officials can sometimes be tense — highlighted by the Trump administration's repeated sparring with reporters and the president calling news organizations "fake news."
Half-jokingly, McCain said, "a fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you."
His defense of the fourth estate came in response to a Friday tweet from President Donald Trump in which he called the media "the enemy of the American People."