Over the last week, the grudge between Donald Trump and the mainstream news media has only increased. With tensions at an all-time high, Vice President Mike Pence has decided to speak out.

Pence on media

From the day Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, he quickly clashed with the media after they reacted harshly to his comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico being "murderers" and "rapists." Over the next year and a half, it appeared that Trump's sour relationship with the press would be enough to bring him down in defeat, but it wasn't the case.

The billionaire real estate mogul managed to win the Republican primary last July, before eventually going on to defeat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. Since his election, Trump and the media have continued to butt heads, which Mike Pence elaborated on during a Monday afternoon press conference, as reported by CBS News on February 20.

Joining NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg for a joint press conference on Monday was Vice President Mike Pence who was asked about the administration's relationship with the media.

"Rest assured both the president and I strongly support both a free and independent press," Pence said, before adding controversial comments that many have accused of being a threat or a warning. "But," Pence made sure to said, while continuing, "you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts." The vice president praised Donald Trump for his "unique ability" to reach the American people, in an apparent reference to his non-stop Twitter posts.

Moving forward

Last week, Donald Trump held his own press conference at the White House where he ripped into the media and various news outlets for their alleged "unfair" coverage of his administration.

Trump continued to lash out at the press, accusing them of publishing "fake news" in an attempt to discredit his presidency, despite not providing any credible evidence to back up his claims. With only a month in office, it doesn't look like the relationship between Trump and the media will be improving anytime soon.

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