BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – The President of the New York Times said President Trump's attacks on journalists as the "enemy of the people" are contributing to a rise in threats and could lead to violence.
Trump revealed Sunday at the White House with publisher A.G. Sulzberger and said they discussed "the vast amount of fake news."
The president tweeted Sunday from his New Jersey golf estate, "Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with AG Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times. Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad! "
The tweet prompted Sulzberger to release details of their July 20 meeting, which was accompanied by James Bennet, the Times's editorial page editor.
A New York Times spokeswoman said that Trump had invited Sulzberger and that White House had remained "off the record," in
Sulzberger said in a lengthy statement, based on his and Bennet's notes, that he agreed with Trump. " to raise concerns about the president's deeply troubled anti-press rhetoric. "
" I just told the president that he was talking about what was just divisive but dangerous, "Sulzberger said. "I told him that although the phrase 'fake news' is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people.' I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and wants to lead to violence. "
He continued," I've found that this is particularly true, where the president's rhetoric is to cracking on journalists. I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country's greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press. "
The publisher went on to say, "Throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, what upset with coverage of his administration. I made it clear that I was asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, Trump and Sulzberger's conversation, beyond the president's tweet,
"The White House has provided no details of Trump and Sulzberger's conversation." The President regularly meets with the media and confirms that meeting took place, "Mercedes Schlapp, the White House's director of strategic communications, said in an emailed statement.
Sulzberger became the New York Times's publisher in January, succeeding his father, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., is the company's chairman of the board.
Trump regularly expresses fury with the news media, and he has long had a fascination with his coverage Manhattan's elite dating.
In a speech last week at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Mo., Trump bashed the journalists covering the event, which drew a rebuke from VFW leadership.
"Do not believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news," Trump said.
The President added, "Just remember: what you're seeing and what you're reading is not happening."
So, last week, the Trump White House barred CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins from attending an event in the Rose Garden
At various moments throughout his presidency, Trump has sought to punish journalists for asking him questions press credentials, The Washington Post reported this past week.
"These people are shouting questions are the worst," Trump has said. "Why do we have them in here?"