The NYT Interviews Trump
by Stephen Lendman
Throughout his campaign, Trump justifiably blasted deplorable one-sided pro-Hillary media coverage, inventing reasons to denigrate him.
In one notable tweet, he said “(a)nytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying ‘sources said,’ DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!”
In another, he said “(r)emember, don't believe ‘sources said’ by the VERY dishonest media. If they don't name the sources, the sources don't exist.”
Ahead of meeting with The New York Times, he tweeted “they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!”
“The failing @nytimes just announced that complaints about them are at a 15-year high. I can fully understand that…”
“Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the ‘Trump phenomena.’ “
“The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change - doubt it.
After scheduling, canceling, then agreeing to meet with Times management, editors and correspondents once a dispute over “ground rules” was settled, the session took place on Tuesday for around an hour. Here are the highlights, according to The Times:
He won’t call for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary’s private email server or foundation wrongdoing. “It’s just not something that I feel strongly about,” he said. “I think it would be very divisive for the country.”
He disassociates himself from the alt-right, saying “(i)t’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”
“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group.” Asked about last weekend’s white nationalist/Nazi-saluting conference in Washington, he said “I disavow and condemn them.”
He softened his position on climate change, earlier calling it a “hoax,” now believing “some connectivity” to human behavior - but he’s unsure how much.
He rejected claims about having a conflict of interest between the White House and Trump Organization, saying “(t)he law’s totally on my side. The president can’t have a conflict of interest.”
His children Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric will be in charge. He’s phasing himself out of daily operations to focus on his new responsibility.
He defended Steve Bannon, saying “(i)f 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.”
He admitted reading The New York Times, adding “(u)nfortunately. I’d live about 20 years longer if I didn’t.”
He intends involving his son-in-law Jared Kushner in Israeli/Palestinian peace talks, hoping he can achieve what’s been unattainable for decades.
House and Senate leaders “(r)ight now (are) in love with me,” he said. As for Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, he added “I’ve liked (him) for a long time.”
He’s considering whether to “open up” libel laws so he can sue for false media reports about him.
On Syria, he said “we have to solve that problem,” explaining he has a “different view than everybody else” without further elaboration.
Will he cooperate with Russia in combating terrorism as pledged? Will he normalize bilateral relations? Will he favor more diplomacy, less war?
Important questions remain unanswered. We’ll know more when he begins governing.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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