MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell fired back at Donald Trump days after the president called her “Hillary Clinton’s P.R. person.”
“It is totally sui generis. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Mitchell said on “The Global Politico” podcast. “I have never seen anything like this where people just flat-out lie. You know, black is white and white is black, and they mislead you.”
Mitchell continued: “It’s really disconcerting to see the podium in the White House briefing room being used to mislead or misdirect or obfuscate.”
Mitchell also denied being a Clinton mouthpiece, saying: “I’ve covered seven presidents now… and have not endeared myself to any of them. That’s the job. We are adversarial.”
“The Andrea Mitchell Report” host has covered every president since Jimmy Carter.
She added on the podcast that she feels it’s wrong for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to avoid the media.
“There is just an attempt, and it’s successful, to shut down not just me but The New York Times, The Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, CNN. I mean, we’re all just shut out,” Mitchell said. “You should not be flying into Beijing without a press corps. You should not be going to Moscow without the press corps. It’s wrong.”
On Wednesday, during an interview with New York Times reporters, Trump slammed the NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent, suggesting she acted as a “P.R. person” for the former Democratic presidential nominee, while discussing the controversy surrounding Susan Rice and her alleged requests to “unmask” Trump associates. Trump referenced Rice’s Tuesday interview with Mitchell, saying Rice did a “horrible” job.