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Andrea Mitchell Rips Trump Admin Over Press Treatment

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By    |   Monday, 10 Apr 2017 10:35 AM

Veteran NBC reporter Andrew Mitchell ripped into President Donald Trump and the White House staff for its treatment of the press.

"I have never seen anything like this where people just flat-out lie," Mitchell said. "You know, black is white and white is black, and they mislead you. It's really disconcerting to see the podium in the White House briefing room being used to mislead or misdirect or obfuscate."

Her comments came on the podcast of The Global Politico with Susan B. Glasser.

"It starts at the top and the most obvious example is the March 4 tweet saying that [former] President [Barack] Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower. There's no way of getting around that. It's just not factually correct. Yet, the president and his advisers and the press secretary seem to be twisting themselves in knots to try to explain and justify that.

"That seemed to me to be the first … most obvious attempt to divert attention from the Russian investigation."

Despite Trump recently calling her, "Hillary Clinton's P.R. person," Mitchell insisted she doesn't favor any politician over another, Politico reported.

"I've covered seven presidents now and have not endeared myself to any of them," Mitchell said. "That's the job. We are adversarial."

Trump, in an interview with The New York Times, had slammed Mitchell's interview with Susan Rice, the former national security adviser under Obama, who has come under fire.

"I mean, first of all [Rice's] performance was horrible … on television even though she was interviewed by Hillary Clinton's P.R. person, Andrea Mitchell," Trump told the Times.

But Mitchell does have some words of praise for Trump.

"I think he, is a very hard-working, and by all accounts a charming and well-intentioned person," she said.

But Michell admitted she remains puzzled by Trump and his administration.

"I don't understand why they are so self-destructive," she said. "Why they can't stick to a narrative."

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