NEW YORK — After President-elect Donald Trump went on a rant on Twitter about The New York Times and canceled a meeting with the newspaper’s officials, he tweeted that was set for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Mr. Trump’s staff has told us that the president elect’s meeting with The Times is on again,” Eileen Murphy, a Times spokeswoman, said in a release. “He will meet with our publisher off-the-record and that session will be followed by an on-the-record meeting with our journalists and editorial columnists.”
On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that the Times had changed “the terms and conditions of the meeting” last minute.
The newspaper wasn’t informed that the meeting was canceled. Staffers found out through the president-elect’s tweet and the paper said it hadn’t change the ground rules.
“We were unaware that the meeting was cancelled until we saw the president elect’s tweet this morning,” Eileen Murphy said. “We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to. They tried to yesterday – asking for only a private meeting and no on-the-record segment, which we refused to agree to. 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.”
However, Trump tweeted again that there’s a chance that he’d meet with them another time, but accused the newspaper of covering him wrongly and of using a “nasty tone.”
After all that, he eventually attended the meeting.
He said, “I’d like to turn it around.”
The Times’ editorial board stated that “it was good to hear him even call the New York Times a ‘great, great American jewel.'”
However, the editorial board explained that it is unbiased, but still very doubtful of Trump.
“Hey, if President-elect Trump moderates his views, and then crystallizes those views in policies that, as he put it, ‘save our country’, we will commend him on growth in office,” it said.
Yet, it said they must confirm first.
“Ronald Reagan used to say that in dealing with the Soviet Union, the right approach was to ‘trust, but verify,'” it said. “For now, that’s also the right approach to take with Mr. Trump. Except, regrettably, for the trust part.”
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