02/03/2017 17:50 GMT

Tom Hanks Sends White House Press Room A Message Of Support (And A New Coffee Machine)

'Keep up the good fight for truth.'

Tom Hanks has sent a gift to journalists tasked with covering what’s going in the White House, along with a poignant note about the current political climate.

The Oscar-winning actor was revealed to have sent a new shiny new coffee machine to the reporters on Thursday (2 May), but what really struck a chord was the accompanying message. 

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Reuters reporter Steve Holland shared the message on his Twitter page, and it read: “To the White House Press Corps. Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way. Especially the Truth part.”

Although the ‘Castaway’ actor has been critical of Trump in the past (let’s not forget the time he called him a “a self-involved gasbag”), he’s since taken a deliberately optimistic approach when asked about the current political climate.

Speaking shortly after the election result last year, he said (via Vulture): We are going to be all right… that document [the constitution] is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbours preserve and protect and defend it themselves.”

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Tom Hanks’s gift comes at a time when so-called “fake news” is a hot topic, with recently-elected US President Donald Trump claiming last month on his Twitter that “any negative polls are fake news”.

The President’s press secretary Sean Spicer was also heavily criticised on social media last week, when it was reported that news outlets including the BBC, Buzzfeed and CNN, all of whom Trump has been heavily critical of in the past, had all been banned from a White House briefing.

The American edition of HuffPost was also denied access, with editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen saying shortly afterwards that it had been a “deeply disturbing” decision.

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