Trump, NY Times Will Now Hold Meeting After Cancellation
- Author: Marlene Weaver Nov 22, 2016,
Nov 22, 2016, 18:17
President-elect Donald Trump pulled out of a scheduled sit-down Tuesday with New York Times reporters and executives, claiming the paper changed the terms of the meeting.
Trump's meeting with the New York Times was set to follow the discussion he had with executives from the major television networks and their top on-air talent on Monday which ended up playing out "like a f***ing firing squad" a source later told the New York Post. The moves illustrated Trump's complicated relationship with the news media.
The Times was apparently unaware that Trump had canceled the meeting until he tweeted about it. "In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone", he said.
New York Times Assistant Masthead Editor Clifford Levy tweeted: Trump met privately Monday with representatives of the television networks.
The Times denied that it had ever changed or attempted to change the ground rules for the meeting, saying that the paper had agreed to a small off-the-record portion of a larger conversation with columnists and reporters, which would be on the record. During his campaign, Trump frequently lashed out at the press on Twitter, in the media, and at his own rallies, calling the media "dishonest", inciting his crowds to boo journalists, and repeatedly singling out reporters like NBC's Katy Tur. Trump had said a new meeting may be scheduled.
However, a spokesperson for Trump later said the President-elect might be visiting with the newspaper after all.
In a separate tweet minutes later, Trump left open the possibility of a meeting in the future. They tried to yesterday - asking for only a private meeting and no on-the-record segment, which we refused to agree to.
Trump responded that he "can fully understand that", but he wondered why the paper would announce that complaints were up.
"In the end, we concluded with them that we would go back to the original plan of a small off the record session and a larger on the record session with reporters and columnists", she said in a statement. The Trump campaign threatened to sue for libel again in October, when the Times published the accounts of two women who accused the billionaire of unwanted sexual advances. Also Tuesday morning, the president-elect heralded more "great meetings" in his Manhattan tower as he continued shaping his administration before heading to Florida for Thanksgiving.