“I think that if you were to ask any member of the press today if they believe that the American people want to be able to have a free press, the majority would say yes,” Trump told reporters in a briefing Wednesday.
“If you were asked the question now, the question is: Would you like to see your news be taken out of the public domain?
And the answer is, of course, no.”
“I believe in the First Amendment,” he added.
“I know that when people write stories, they write stories for a reason.”
The president, who has often attacked the media, also promised to crack down on “fake news” and to “take care of” the “fake media.”
“I think when you look at what’s happened over the last few days, you see a lot of stories that are totally fabricated, they’re phony stories, and I think the fake news is out of control,” he said.
“It’s a real problem.
It’s a really, really big problem, and it’s a very serious problem.”
Trump’s latest comments are the latest in a long line of attacks on the press.
In his campaign for the presidency, Trump repeatedly slammed news organizations and news outlets, calling them “the enemy of the American People” and “the opposition party.”
He has accused CNN of being biased against him and criticized the New York Times for not covering him favorably.