Donald Trump plans to meet with The New York Times after all, despite announcing by Tweet early Tuesday morning that he was canceling sessions with the paper's executives and journalists.
The back-and-forth showed Trump's impulsive nature and his combative approach toward top news organizations. Earlier, Trump said on Twitter he cancelled the meeting after the newspaper tried to change the terms agreed upon.
Some of those in attendance also got a 'Trump-style dressing down, ' most notably CNN president Jeff Zucker and ABC's chief global correspondent Martha Raddatz. "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", the newspaper added.
The Times said it only learned through Trump's tweets that the meeting was off.
The Guardian did not attend Monday's off-the-record meeting, but multiple reports from anonymous sources said Trump complained about the "dishonest" media.
Update: The president-elect will meet with the Times after all. "In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone", he said.
A front-page story in The Times on Tuesday questioned whether Trump's business deals will test a provision of the Constitution that blocks office-holders from accepting certain gifts and profits from foreign governments. Not nice, ' Trump wrote on Twitter at 6.15am Tuesday morning.
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Canceling meetings at the newspaper could have allowed him the chance to avoid direct questioning on the subject.
According to a participant who took detailed notes, Trump started by assailing the press's coverage of his campaign as unfair, pointing especially to CNN and NBC.
"The meeting is taking place as planned", Hope Hicks told reporters. None of that was on the record, however.
"The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down". Presidential desire for such direct communication with the public is not new.
In an open letter, 18 news groups asked him to maintain a pool of reporters that covers all of the president's activities and movements and to have regular briefings with the news media. The president-elect frequently refers to the paper as "failing".
"I cancelled today's meeting with the failing New York Times when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment".