Trump Cancels Meeting With The "Lying" New York Times UPDATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Trump accused the newspaper of changing the terms of the meeting
President-elect Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he had canceled his scheduled meeting with the "Lying" New York Times, accusing the newspaper of changing the terms and conditions of the meeting—an account theTimes, of course, disputed.
“I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” Trump said. “Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!”
In a statement Tuesday morning, the Times contradicted Trump’s account, explaining that the president-elect had tried to cut an on-the-record portion of the meeting.
“We were unaware that the meeting was cancelled until we saw the President Elect’s tweet this morning. 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,” the Times said in a statement. “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.”
Trump frequently uses Twitter to lash out at news outlets, particularly the Times, for their coverage of him. Tuesday’s Twitter tirade followed a meeting he hosted Monday with more than two dozen broadcast journalists, the New YorkTimes reported. The contents of the meeting were off-the-record and have largely remained confidential, but some in attendance told the Times that Trump used the meeting to criticize news networks and anchors for their coverage of his presidential campaign.
“Mr. Trump's staff has told us that the President Elect's meeting with The Times is on again. 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,” Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the paper, tweeted.