The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined its plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code, saying its priority is to provide tax relief to the middle class.

The mainstream media, however, wasn't convinced.

In a series of contentious interviews on Thursday’s network morning shows, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was forced to debate with anchors about whether President Trump’s tax plan is just “tax cuts for the rich" and if it will raise the deficit.

On "The Five" tonight, Chris Wallace said those are reasonable questions, but he saw a "single-minded focus" from the anchors on those two issues.

He explained that the anchors could have asked about a wide variety of other topics related to the tax plan, including growth, job creation and wages.

"That's where I think the unfairness came," Wallace said. "The questions weren't unfair. It was the fact that's all they asked."

Dana Perino said that Trump should "leapfrog" over the media, speak directly to the American people and explain his tax reform plan.

"Everything that you heard this morning was just the very typical thing that you get every time a Republican proposes something that would increase growth in America," Perino said. "It's, 'Oh, you want to cut taxes for the wealthy.'"

"If that's how it's going to be framed, he needs to explain why that makes sense and it will get us to our goal of increased economic wealth."

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