It should be a spontaneous meeting, but President Donald Trump had other plans.
On Sunday morning, nine days after the meeting With the New York Times publishing house AG Sulzberger in the White House, Trump decided to make the once private meeting public: At 8:30 pm, the president announced on Twitter that he had spoken with Sulzberger, the country's most powerful media manager "the tons of fake after sent by the media, "the Tim It's trying to offer its own version of events.
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The Times has long been a convenient foil for Trump, a regular Times reader who, despite his vociferous critique of reporting, has a fascination for the paper. So it was not surprising that Trump tried to turn the meeting with Sulzberger to his advantage.
"Had a very good and interesting meeting in the White House with AG Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times," wrote Trump on Twitter. "I've spent a lot of time talking about the plethora of fake news leaked by the media and how Fake News has developed into 'Enemy of the People'." Sad!
The tweet forced the Times to explain at length what happened at the meeting on the grounds that Trump's decision to publicly discuss the meeting had overruled their agreement.
"I told the president directly, that I thought his language was not only divisive, but increasingly dangerous, "Sulzberger said in a July 20 White House statement to the Times." I warned that this seditious language is leading to a surge in threats against journalists and will lead to violence. "
" I have repeatedly emphasized that this is especially true abroad, where the rhetoric of the President is used by some regimes to justify the plague raids against journalists, "continued Sulzberger." I warned against that that it puts lives at risk, undermines the democratic ideals of our nation and undermines one of the country's largest exports: a Beken Free speech and free press. "
Sulzberger's requests seemed to have had little impact on Trump, who beat the press last week during a speech in Missouri and whose White House even banned a CNN reporter from covering an incident there , And the president does not seem to have intended to give up his highly charged rhetoric on the press, including calling journalists "an enemy of the people," a phrase he repeated in his Sunday tweet about the meeting.
The conversation between Trump and Sulzberger came in the midst of heightened tensions with the press. The president has also claimed that the coverage he does not like is "fake news". During the speech in Missouri last week, Trump said what the media reported was "not what happened" and urged his followers not to believe the news. "Do not believe the crap you see of these people – the fake news," he said during the speech. Meanwhile, a CNN reporter was denied an incident in the White House last week, a ruling that widespread indignation from journalists.
Sulzberger's article was a frequent target for Trump, who attacked the Times and some of his reporters, including the White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.
It is common for publishers of major newspapers, including the Times, to meet with US presidents. Sulzberger also attended a recent dinner party at the home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, a story about the couple released on Saturday. But critics of the Times rushed to Sulzberger's meeting with the president, arguing that it would give Trump the opportunity to use the meeting to bolster his attacks on the press.
"The media are always played by Trump, always." The Times said the chairman of the Center for American Progress, a liberal group wrote on Twitter. "His tweet after the meeting will do more harm than anything you have achieved through the meeting. Do you think that your requests will be heard? "
It's not the first time the Times has had a conversation with Trump who was not in conversation, and in 2016 Buzzfeed reported that then-presidential candidate Trump was stumbling over immigration issues when talking to the Times editorial board, a revelation that pressured Trump to agree to publish the discussion (which he opposed), and the Times finally decided to honor their off-the-record agreement.
Sulzberger said he told Trump that former presidents had questioned the coverage of their government, but that he should reconsider his broader anti-press calumny.
"I have repeatedly stated that I am not asked why bat mitigated his attacks on the Times when he said our reporting was unfair, "Sulzberger said." Instead, I have him asked to reconsider its broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country. "
The New York Times said that Sulzberger, accompanied by James Bennet, had gone to the White House to oversee the editorial side of the journal Times
"Mr. Trump's advisors called for the meeting not to be held in public, something that had been practiced at such meetings in the past. "But with Mr. Trump's tweet this morning he has put the meeting on the list, so AG has decided to respond to the characterization of the conversation by the president, based on detailed comments made by AG and James."  This article has been tagged under: