Donald Trump disavows alt-right, downplays conflicts in New York Times meeting

Casey Mills
Ноября 26, 2016

"In an interview with The New York Times that was live-tweeted by reporters and editors with the news organization, Trump argued that the questions surrounding his ability to lead the country without potential conflicts with his business interests was insignificant". "Not nice", he said.

He added, "Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes".

Trump, who has yet to hold the traditional news conference held by a president-elect in the days after winning, said his own businesses are "unimportant to me" in comparison to the presidency, but he also said he now believes he could continue to run them at the same time if he wanted.

Virtually every subgroup of people sees Trump's plan for his children as not going far enough.

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Image Credit Jeff Kowalsky Getty Images

Early Tuesday, Trump sent a tweet asserting that he had cancelled the Times meeting after the "terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment".

The statement comes only hours after Trump tweeted that he would not be meeting with the newspaper.

As reported by NewsMax, New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has admitted his paper biased its coverage of Trump, and underestimated his support among voters.

On Monday, Trump met off the record with executives and anchors from the nation's biggest television networks to Trump Tower.

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He said Mr Trump had asked for the discussion to be private and off-the-record, but the newspaper had refused.

Without elaborating, the United States president-elect accused the newspaper of changing the terms of the meeting.

But Trump claimed early Tuesday that the "failing" paper changed the ground rules, prompting him to back out. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was off the record. The meeting was yet another example of the erstwhile reality TV star's instincts for media manipulation; he got to bash the mainstream media at a time when Americans' trust in the press is at a nadir and also appeal to his most fervent alt-right supporters, who universally revile the press (which they have taken to calling Lügenpresse, a Nazi-era term that translates to "lying press").

"It was like a f**king firing squad", one source said. The off-the-record encounter was attended by on-air reporters Wolf Blitzer of CNN, Martha Raddatz and George Stephanopolis of ABC, and Lester Holt of NBC, among others. President-elect Donald Trump has argued that allying with Russian Federation and backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be a quicker route to defeating ISIS and stabilizing the Middle East.

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