Trump aide suggests he wants no Clinton probe

Trump aide suggests he wants no Clinton probe”

A spokeswoman for the Times said in a statement that Trump's team tried to change the ground rules, "asking only for a private meeting and no on-the-record segment", ground rules to which the newspaper refused to agree.

Trump said in a subsequent tweet that it was possible a new meeting could be arranged with the Times.

The move came a day after the Republican real estate magnate met with television anchors and news industry executives and reporters in NY in a session The Washington Post described as a contentious but generally respectful. "In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!"

Hicks spoke with the Times's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., on Monday afternoon and she told him Trump's schedule had become busy and he would only have time for the off-the-record session, Murphy said.

On Tuesday morning President-elect Donald Trump backed out of a meeting he had called with The New York Times. Sources told the New York Post that Trump berated the assembled media execs in a dressing-down one characterized as a "fucking firing squad", with the president-elect attacking CNN in particular.

In a separate tweet minutes later, Trump left open the possibility of a meeting in the future.

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

A spokeswoman for the Times said the newspaper was not aware the meeting was canceled until Trump's tweet, which came at about 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT). Murphy responded: "We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to". Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus reportedly assured media executives that their concerns about the protective press pool would be addressed.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday that he backed out "when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment".

Trump repeatedly criticized The Times throughout his campaign - and in the weeks since his victory - at various points, insulting the paper and at others, threatening to sue it. But she said the two sides later agreed to a small off-the-record session and a larger, on-the-record session with reporters and columnists. At the second presidential debate in early October, Trump told Clinton, "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

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