Having learning its lesson with others’ “off the record” meetings with Trump, the New York Times is live-tweeting its off again, on again meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump, via Maggie Haberman, familiar to those who read the Podesta emails, and Mike Grynbaum.
Among the notable early highlights is Trump complaining to NYT about the “rough” coverage he’s received from the paper but expressed a desire to repair his fractious relationship with the outlet at a meeting on Tuesday. According to tweets from Times reporters present at the meeting Trump opened the discussion with a four-minute long airing of his grievances with the paper. At that point, he did express a desire to “turn it around.”
“I think it would make the job I am doing much easier,” Trump said, according to tweets.
Incidentally, today’s meeting The scheduled meeting with The Times almost didn’t happen. Trump ripped the outlet in a series of early morning tweets, saying that the “failing” newspaper has been committed to covering him “inaccurately” and that they had changed the terms of the planned meeting with him on short notice.
The president-elect changed course at the last minute, agreeing to an off-the-record session with the publisher and an on-the-record portion with reporters, which was being live-tweeted by those present in the room with him.
Trump also told The New York Times on Tuesday that he doesn’t want to energize the “alt-right” movement. Trump said he did not think he had energized the movement but that if they were energized he wanted to find out why.
“It’s not a group I want to energize,” Trump said, according to Times reporter Maggie Haberman. “And if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”
Notably, he said he reiterated he disavowed of so-called “alt right” groups.
Trump offered the comments during an on-the-record session with Times reporters and columnists. Times reporters are live-tweeting the event.
As the Hill points adds, the meeting comes at a tenuous time between Trump and the press. On Monday, Trump hosted top television news executives and anchors at Trump Tower for an explosive meeting in which he reportedly brow beat those in attendance for their coverage of him.
Follow the live coverage of the meeting from those NYT journalists who are live tweeting it below.
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