Donald Trump has requested a screening of The Post to be held at The White House.
The film, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and was directed by Stephen Spielberg, details The Washington Post‘s bid to publish the top secret Pentagon Papers, despite pressure and resistance from then-President Richard Nixon.
According to reports, 20th Century Fox have sent copies of the movie to both the White House and Camp David, where Trump will hold a summit this weekend.
Leslee Dart, who represents both Streep and Hanks, told The Daily Beast the stars had given their approval for the screening. “There was absolutely no resistance by the cast or anyone,” Dart said.
Spielberg has previously spoken about Trump’s influence on the movie, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration against their avowed enemies The New York Times and The Washington Post. I realised this was the only year to make this film.”
In The Post, Streep plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, while Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee who work together to reveal a cover-up regarding the involvement of the US government during the Vietnam War that spanned four US Presidents. The Post will be released in the UK on January 19, 2018.
Meanwhile, Twitter bosses have explained why they won’t ban Trump from the social networking platform.
Since taking his position in office, Trump has used his personal Twitter account to attack individuals, vilify the ‘fake news media’ and push his far-right agenda. A new blog posted by Twitter answers why the President has not been banned for his rule-breaking tweets, saying doing so would “hide important information people should be able to see and debate”.