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Senate Unanimously Says Press Isn’t ‘Enemy of the People’

  • GOP-led Senate adopts resolution calling press indispensable
  • Republicans have been reluctant to criticize president
A pedestrian passes in front of American Flags displayed in front of The U.S. Capitol building before sunrise in Washington, D.C.

A pedestrian passes in front of American Flags displayed in front of The U.S. Capitol building before sunrise in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Republican-led Senate unanimously adopted a resolution saying the press “is not the enemy of the people” and instead plays a “vital and indispensable” role to inform the electorate, an indirect swipe at President Donald Trump who just hours earlier attacked the media.

The resolution said it’s the sworn responsibility of those who have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution to support freedom of the press as well. The Senate condemned “efforts to systematically undermine the credibility of the press as an attack on the democratic institutions of the United States."