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Ivanka Trump at an Axios News Shapers event in August. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

In an interview with "Axios on HBO," President Trump said his supporters like him more when he dials up his attacks on the media and that he is "doing a service" by labeling those who cover him unfairly or inaccurately "the enemy of the people."

The big picture: Trump's core base might enjoy his fiery rhetoric, but several of the president's close allies have broken with him when it comes to his characterization of the media. That includes his own daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who told Axios in August that while she has been the subject of stories she knows to be false, she doesn't consider the media to be the enemy.

What they've said:

  • White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway: "I don't believe journalists are the enemy of the people. I think some journalists are the enemy of the relevant, the enemy of the news you can use. And I think most of the sins are of omission, not commission."
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell: "I don’t view you guys as the enemy. I view that you have a job to do. I expect adversarial questions. And you rarely disappoint me. And I think its part of what make America function. We need a free and open press and we certainly have that and so that’s my view.”
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: "I think the press in America is a check and balance on power. I think sometimes you get tribal like the rest of the country. Sometimes you can be a pain in the ass, but you're not the enemy of the people. As a matter of fact, without a free press, I wouldn't want to live in that country."
  • Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci: "I don't think that this war with the media is something that's going to help him long term. ... I've said that consistently that they're not the enemy. You can have an adversarial relationship, you can disagree with people in the press. ... But I don't like the war declaration because it will lead to something that none of us really want."

The other side: Newt Gingrich, speaking at an Axios event last month, said, "I don't think [the "enemy of the people" label] helps, except I think that they earned it. If you're overseas and you watch CNN International, you know the Russians don't have to run any propaganda television. There's no more anti-American network than CNN International."

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"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not "to go back to the chaos"

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Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday that "I believe you, right here in Virginia, are going to show the rest of the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."

Why it matters: With just over a week to go before Election Day in the Commonwealth, McAuliffe is bringing out the big guns. The 44th president appeared on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to urge supporters to get to the polls.

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