But the real challenge for Trump will be the less formal check provided by a free and independent press. “I think you’ll be happy”, he responded, according to Haberman.
The US president-elect emerged from cabinet-building talks in his Trump Tower headquarters and travelled 10 minutes across town to the New York Times to give a wide-ranging interview on his plans. “I don’t think he’s coming”, said one reporter grimly. According to Mike Grynbaum, Trump said that someone told him after he made the comment, “You know, you might be sued a lot more”. He did go through the lobby on his way out, though, drawing some cheering and some boos as he went.
A source on Trump’s transition team told Reuters earlier this month that the NY businessman was seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
Trump also tweeted: “The failing @nytimes just announced that complaints about them are at a 15 year high”.
If Trump actually ends up believing the science behind climate change, it would differ greatly from a position he has stated on the record – that it’s a Chinese hoax.
But despite the apparent lull, many analysts say they expect the relationship between Trump and the media to remain rocky. He called the newspaper “failing”, a favorite insult.
To recount, in the past few days of stories about Trump meeting with the press, we have had Twitter wars, lobby live cams, contrasting, anonymous accounts of yesterday’s OTR meeting, and an on the record meeting that nearly didn’t happen because of a Priebus misdirection over fear of Trump’s preparedness, or lack thereof.
But that followed a stream of hostile early morning tweets assailing what he called a “failing” paper for continuing to “cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!”
In an extreme case, Congress could initiate impeachment proceedings if they think a President Trump has violated a little-known constitutional prohibition against accepting gifts from foreign powers.
Trump also attempted to dismiss criticisms that his business holdings posed conflict of interest questions.
Trump met with several Times reporters and columnists as well as the paper’s top brass, touching on topics from climate change to whether he favored a further criminal investigation of his general election opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“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 said.
“NYT did not try to change ground rules”.
Trump said Friday that he agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits alleging fraud at his Trump University so he could focus on preparing for his presidency.
The UK ruled out replacing its ambassador in Washington after Trump tweeted that Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage “would do a great job” Early yesterday, the USA president-elect tweeted that he had called off his meeting with what he always refers to as the “failing” New York Times.