Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trump On Again With New York Times Meeting Only Hours After Cancelling Via Twitter

Donald Trump's machinations with the press are beginning to cause whiplash for observers.

After initially scheduling a meeting with the New York Times editors and reporters, Trump abruptly cancelled via Twitter over "inaccurate" reporting and "nasty tone."

Hours later, Trump changed course and announced the meeting would take place today.

CNN has the details:

Trump originally asked for the meeting with Times executives, and also agreed to meet on the record with reporters and columnists.

The Times announced the meeting on Monday. But on Tuesday morning, Trump said on Twitter that the "terms and conditions" had changed at the last minute -- a claim The Times denied, saying it was in fact Trump who had tried to alter the conditions.

The Times said it only learned through Trump's tweets that the meeting was off.

"We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told CNNMoney.

Later, Trump tweeted that he had apparently changed his mind and would be traveling to the Times offices for the meeting.

A portion of the meeting will be an on-the-record interview, as the newspaper originally wanted.

"Mr. Trump's staff has told us that the President Elect's meeting with The Times is on again," Eileen Murphy, head of communications for the Times, said in a statement. "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."

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