WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President Trump continued his battle with the media Thursday, calling the press "dishonest," "out of control" and "fake news."
On Capitol Hill, however, members of Congress aren't drawing the same conclusions about Trump's accusations.
"I don't want to attribute fault to just one party or another here," said Republican John Ratcliffe of Texas. The Congressman does believe there is bias against Trump in the media, but concedes the president is not blameless. "Some of the ways Donald Trump is communicating with the media or against the media are things that I would not recommend," he added.
Still, many find it difficult to argue that Trump's comments have held him back. The president boasts 25 million followers on his Twitter page and his posts are often retweeted within seconds.
"I think his goal was to bypass the media and talk to the American people," said Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana. She believes he's succeeded on this and Americans like his style of communication.
Still, many of Trump's statements and those of his closest advisors are not always accurate. General Michael Flynn was recently fired for mischaracterizing conversations he had with Russian officials before the president was sworn in. White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway has made numerous blunders on national television and coined the phrase "alternative facts."
"President Trump is living in this world of alternative facts," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. She says is concerned not only about the president's aversion to the truth but also those of his spokespeople. "I don’t know why anyone would want to be in this line of work as a spokesperson of an administration and not be willing to get in front of the press and tell the truth," she added.
Busts spent nearly two decades as a reporter in the Quad Cities and says the press must remain vigilant during this term. "It is the job of those in the press to report facts and it’s the job of those in the press to keep asking and pointing out to the public, when something is inaccurate."
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree the American people aren't well served by the continued animosity between the White House and the Press Corps.
"I would hope everyone will give [the president] a chance and he will respect their right to report the news accurately but also be able to hold them accountable," said Ratcliffe.