Russian officials have made clear that the regulations were tit-for-tat retaliation for a move by United States officials to register RT, the state-run Russian news group formerly known as Russia Today, as a foreign agent.
Mr. Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Russian officials, and he has denied that his White House gives preferential treatment to Mr. Putin.
For months, press freedom groups have warned that Mr. Trump’s escalating attacks on the news media could inspire foreign governments to follow his lead, particularly in countries that lack the robust speech protections of the United States.
If the denunciations of his attacks ruffled Mr. Trump, the president seemed to take pains on Monday to show his opinion had not changed.
“They are all bad,” Mr. Trump added.
Whereby “they all” means all news organizations except for Fox News. That should be all you need to realize Trump is dead wrong.