During an interview on Monday, former President George W. Bush delivered several shots at president Donald Trump, praising the news media Monday as “indispensable to democracy.”
“Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive,” Bush said on NBC’s “Today” when asked about his views on the role of the media, following Trump’s incessant criticism of the industry.
Bush went on to say the media is an essential component to democracy, arguing it is necessary to hold the government accountable.
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.”
“It’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere,” Bush said.
The comments come amid increased tensions between the press and the White House.
The Trump White House on Friday barred several news outlets were from a question and answer briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer.
The same day, Trump attacked members of the press during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“I called the fake news the enemy of the people,” Trump said. “They are the enemy of the people.”
Bush shot back saying: “We need an independent media to hold the government accountable.”