WATCH: Jen Psaki Explains How The Free Press Works To Donald Trump

If Donald Trump had his way, no cable news network would ever be allowed to run a negative story about him. Since he has yet to achieve that goal, the former President focuses on complaining about CNN and MSNBC. 

In a recent Truth Social post, Trump bloviated, "MSNBC (MSDNC) uses FREE government approved airwaves, and yet it is nothing but a 24-hour hit job on Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party for purposes of ELECTION INTERFERENCE."

Jen Psaki, who was Joe Biden's first press secretary, felt the need to comment on Trump's words. She said during a broadcast, "Trump is promising to resort to an authoritarian tactic should he become president again. Does the federal government have any role in the oversight of a cable news network? No, they actually don't. But that's not the point here. What's important is that he's threatening to use the power of the government against media he believes is being critical of him."

Psaki continued:

"Believe me, I know from experience from many days and hours at the briefing room, that the relationship between the U.S. government and the free press can be tense at times," she explained. "And even both of the presidents I worked for, they had their own moments of unleashing their media critiques when they didn't like a story. and when I think about the role of the free press and how essential it is for our democracy. I also think about my time as a spokesperson for the State Department."