After some back-and-forth, Trump talks to The Times
November 23, 2016
Since winning the election earlier this month, Donald Trump has been active on Twitter, and one of his favorite targets has been the “failing” New York Times, which he claims has unfairly targeted him and his slowly forming administration.
So when Trump sat down with the editor, publisher and a slew of reporters from the paper on Tuesday, it was not without some drama beforehand.
In fact, Trump claimed, before the meeting, that the paper had tried to change the ground rules (not fair!) of the meeting and so he at first canceled it.
The Times quickly told everyone who’d listen that it did no such thing. And finally, the meeting actually took place.
The reporters at the meeting tweeted what happened, including a number of interesting revelations.
Trump backpedaled on his vow to change libel laws to make it easier to win lawsuits against publications like the Times. He noted that a friend had pointed out that in doing so he’d be making it easier for people to sue him for libel, which would be a real worry considering the nasty things he says about rivals.
He also indicated he won’t go after Hillary Clinton with a special prosecutor or pursue criminal charges against her, as he’d promised during the campaign.
He responded to criticism of Stephen Bannon, the Breitbart News chief executive officer whom he recently appointed adviser, saying the news organization is a pretty big deal and, he noted, not all that different than the Times.
And he seemed more open to the idea of climate change than he had been before.
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