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To speaking with you about the premium that we place on a free press for more than a year. Myanmar has held to Reuters. Journalists on charges of obtaining state secrets senior administration officials told reporters traveling with Pence that behind closed doors, the vice president press Suci to pardon and release the journalists. The officials said he brought up the matter repeatedly during the meeting and explained that a free press is a key part of what it means to be an open and democratic nation. This comes in stark contrast to the rhetoric employed by his boss, President Trump while on foreign soil. There was the press conference in Canada where Trump objected to a question by asking the reporter where he works away you with curiosity CNN. I figured fake news CNN. And there was also a press conference in England with Prime Minister, Theresa may, where Trump sparred with CNN's Jim Acosta, she fake news. I don't take questions from a Kosta is the reporter who is now battling Trump in court trying to get his access to the White House grounds restored. And this very public fight. In addition to the president's regular verbal lashing of journalists has consequences says Brett Bruin, he was a longtime diplomat and worked in President Obama's national Security Council. Bruin says it makes it a lot harder for people like vice President Mike Pence to make a case about democratic values and the importance of press freedom when our ambassadors when our cabinet members go overseas and now try to press countries on some of these fundamental freedoms. What they're hearing is get your own house in order and then come back. Back and we'll talk ruin says, dictators and leaders with oratory tendencies have always looked for examples of American hypocrisy at times digging around for instances of reporters in small towns getting pushed around, but now they don't have to search very hard these leaders. He says our parenting language used by President Trump to justify mistreatment of journalists in their own countries. I know from friends who were serving in embassies overseas that right now articulating America's support for a free press is more difficult than it has ever been. But at the Trump White House, they keep trying to bat down the argument that the president is anti press or doesn't respect the first amendment. This was counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway last week on Fox News, President Trump answered sixty eight questions from thirty five different reporters over the span of ninety minutes. That's pro press that's transparent. That's accountability. If the past is any guide. The split screen will continue Pence will keep defending press freedom overseas and President Trump will keeps bashing the press at home and abroad. Tamra.