New York Times is the biggest liberal media outlet in America!
And in this election NYT was very strong attacker of Trump!
But Donald Trump finally sat down with The New York Times on Tuesday afternoon for a showdown meeting after he cancelled and then un-cancelled the meeting over the course of a few hours earlier in the day.
And the President-elect wasted no time in getting down to business, using the first four minutes of his audience with Times staff to criticize the paper for it coverage of him during the election.
Trump’s remarks on a range of issues – including Hillary Clinton, his businesses, the Middle East, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, his chief strategist Steve Bannon and the alt-right movement – were shared by members of the Times staff on a Twitter live feed.
‘I have great respect for the New York Times. I have tremendous respect. I think I’ve been treated very rough,’ said Trump, who was seated next to the paper’s publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
He went on to say their coverage was ‘the roughest of all’ and said of his campaign: ‘It’s been 18 months of brutality in a true sense.’
At one point he even directly addressed the Times’ publisher, saying: ‘If you see something or you get something where you feel that I’m wrong, I’d love to hear it. You can call me. Arthur can call me.‘
He also admitted to being a fan of the Times, joking at one point: ‘I do read it. Unfortunately. I’d live about 20 years longer if I didn’t.’
His final words to the group were that the Times was ‘a world jewel.’ He then added: ‘I hope we can all get along.’
But his relationship with the Times was just one of the issues raised during the wide-ranging 75-minute conversation.
He was asked a number of questions, including whether or not he planned on appointing a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton for her private email servers.
After being pressed on the matter, Trump said: ‘I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.‘
He then added about bringing charges against her: ‘It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.’
‘My inclination would be for whatever power I have on the matter is to say let’s go forward.This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseum‘
When asked about the Clinton Foundation, he said it has done some ‘good work’ according to Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Later asked about what he hoped to accomplish during his presidency, Trump said: ‘I would love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians, that would be such a great achievement.‘
He said that he believes his son-in-law Jared Kushner could help make peace between the two countries, and when asked what kind of role he might see for Kushner, Trump said it would be one involving the Middle East.
Trump also disavowed the alt-right, defended his chief strategist Steve Bannon against claims that he is racist, and once again raved about how much he likes President Obama.
‘I didn’t know if I’d like him. I probably thought that maybe I wouldn’t, but I did. I really enjoyed him a lot,’ said Trump.
When asked about potential conflicts of interest between his business interests and role as president, he said: ‘ The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.’
‘My company’s so unimportant to me relative to what I’m doing.’
And he added: ‘If it were up to some people, I would never, ever see my daughter Ivanka again.’
When asked about Bannon, he said: ‘If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn’t even think about hiring him.’
Trump also made it clear that he wanted to have a good relationship with the Times, noting that it would make his job easier.
On his way out of the building, Trump made a point of shaking hands with the security guards in the building before making his way into his car and back to Trump Tower.
We hope that NY Times will be fair with our new president, he deserves a chance, so let’s hope he will have that chance!
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