Donald Trump’s off-again, on-again trip to the New York Times finally happened on Tuesday morning. And it was exactly the surreal circus you might expect, to say nothing of the contents of the actual meeting. The confab between Trump and the Times was reportedly one in which the president-elect took a blunt tone to the paper he’s lobbed legal threats and insults at over Twitter, a meeting which comes on the heels of his (reportedly, wildly-combative) meeting with a cadre of other big names in media the night before.
Big turnout for the president-elect's visit to The New York Times mothership. His arrival's expected within minutes. pic.twitter.com/Qa2ku67ycx
— Ashley Southall (@AshleyAtTimes) November 22, 2016
After Tuesday morning’s tussle over whether or not he would even attend the planned meeting, Trump made his way to the Times shortly after 12:30. The Times itself reported that some nefarious words from GOP chair and incoming-chief-of-staff Reince Priebus was responsible for the earlier drama. A packed Times building awaited Trump’s arrival but not all got a look at the formal sit-down which happened in the Times’ 16th floor boardroom. That’s because Trump decided to forego the big crowd and came in, reportedly, through the building’s loading dock.
(Trump went in through the loading dock) https://t.co/oKB9vaz0z4
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 22, 2016
As for the interview itself, it lasted a little over an hour and was wide-ranging, from the alt-right to Syria, and though many answers were typically vague, Trump did drop some specific surprises in the chat.
Right away, Trump aired his grievances but it came with a side of contrition, especially when put up against all the nasty things Trump has previously said about the Times.