President-elect Donald Trump met with the New York Times -- a publication he has repeatedly lambasted as "failing" -- this afternoon in one of his first interviews since winning the election earlier this month.
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Just hours before the summit took place, Trump blasted the paper in a series of tweets and said the publication "continue[s] to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!"
During the meeting, Trump appeared to walk back two of his biggest campaign promises -- to investigate and prosecute Hillary Clinton for her private email scandal and now says he has an open mind on climate change.
Here are some of the highlights:
ON ALT-RIGHT CONFERENCE - 'I DISAVOW & CONDEMN THEM'
Over the weekend, the alt-right National Policy Institute, condemned for its racism and anti-Semitic views, held its annual conference in Washington D.C. At the event, Richard Spencer, leader of the think tank, led the crowd in what appeared to be a Nazi salute and chant of “Hail Trump!” While the alt-right movement has gained attention during Trump’s campaign, today he said he disavowed the conference and dismissed the group’s support of his presidency.
Will the President-elect condemn Richard Spencer’s alt-right gathering? “I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” says Trump.— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
ON REPUBLICAN PARTY - 'THEY LOVE ME'
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican who previously said she wouldn’t want her daughter in the same room as Trump, was floated last week as a possible contender for secretary of defense. However, Trump made clear he is not interested in having her as part of his cabinet while meeting with The New York Times, according to those on the publication's staff.
Trump says he won the presidency "easily," adds, "I helped numerous senators" and then says Ayotte "would love a job in the administration."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Of Ayotte, Trump says, "No, thank you."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Trump savages Rs who didn't back him, said he told Ayotte "no thank u" on a Cabinet post, Heck fell "like a lead balloon" & he wasn't sorry— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) November 22, 2016
Ayotte initially called Trump a role model for her daughter, then changed her view after hearing Trump make vulgar comments about women on an "Access Hollywood" tape from 2005. She said she would write in Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, and later lost her reelection bid.
During the election, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed doubt about Trump when he was named the Republican nominee and was slow to endorse him for president. Ryan was also critical of a number of Trump's remarks as were numerous Republicans, especially about the "Access Hollywood" tape.
Trump boasted today that the Republican leadership in Congress is “in love” with him.
What will Paul Ryan & the GOP think about that trillion-dollar infrastructure plan? “Right now, they’re in love with me,” says Trump.— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
ON OBAMA MEETING - 'LIKE HIM A LOT'
On the campaign trail -- and beforehand -- Trump regularly took aim at President Obama, calling into question whether he was born in the United States, calling him one of the founders of ISIS and questioning his leadership.
Obama's disastrous judgment gave us ISIS, rise of Iran, and the worst economic numbers since the Great Depression!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2016
President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
The White House today confirmed that the president and Trump have spoken since their Oval Office meeting on Nov. 10. Obama had invited his successor to Washington in order to facilitate a successful transition between the presidencies. At their sit-down meeting, which lasted about an hour and a half, Obama said the two spoke about organizational issues, as well as foreign and domestic policy.
"I had a great meeting with President Obama," Trump says, says he never met him before. "I really liked him a lot."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
"He said very nice things after the meeting and I saidvery nice things about him," Trump says of Obama.Says he didn't know if he'd like him.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
ON WORLD VIEWS/SYRIA - 'HAVE TO END THAT CRAZINESS'
It is likely too early to lay out Trump’s foreign policy, but his remarks that the U.S. should stop backing rebels in Syria, whose president is an ally of Tehran, indicates there may be some changes. On the trail, Trump said explicitly that the only enemy in Syria was ISIS and that he would withdraw support from Syria’s rebels.
Thomas Friedman asks, “What do you think is America’s role in the world?” Trump laughs: “That’s such a big question!"— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
"Syria, we have to solve that problem," Trump says. Adds he has a "different view than everybody else."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Trump on Syria: "We have to end that craziness that's going on in Syria."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
ON BANNON - NOT A RACIST, 'HE'S HAVING A HARD TIME WITH IT'
Trump defended his chief strategist Steve Bannon, who’s accused of being complicit with racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric through Breitbart news, a website he oversaw from 2012 to August 2016. The president-elect said during the Times interview if he “thought [Bannon] was a racist, or alt-right…I wouldn’t even think about hiring him." In an August interview with Mother Jones, Bannon declared Breitbart as a “platform for the alt-right,” but denied that the alt-right movement is inherently racist.
Trump: “I’ve known Steve Bannon a long time. If i thought he was a racist, or alt-right…I wouldn’t even think about hiring him."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump has repeatedly denied being a racist and disavowed support from Supremacist groups. Bannon also said he is not a white nationalist in a recent interview.
ON RELATIONSHIP WITH MEDIA - OLIVE BRANCH TO THE NEW YORK TIMES?
Trump tore into the media at virtually every turn, especially late in the campaign, at times calling journalists "scum." And at times during his campaign, Trump even revoked press credentials for The Washington Post and about a dozen others after deeming their coverage unfair.
While it is nothing new for politicians to bemoan press coverage, Trump has made some nervous about what he plans on doing when it comes to libel laws, which he said he would "open up" libel laws to make it easier for plaintiffs to win in civil lawsuits.
Open up the libel laws? Trump says someone told him, “You know, YOU might be sued a lot more.’ I said, You know, I hadn’t thought of that."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
The President-elect’s parting message: The New York Times is “a world jewel. And I hope we can all get along."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump: “If you see something or you get something where you feel that I’m wrong, I'd love to hear it. You can call me. Arthur can call me."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
During the interview, Trump took time to elaborate on his Election Day victory. In the race for the White House, Trump was victorious in the Electoral College while his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, leads the popular vote by more than 1.5 million ballots and counting.
"I'd rather do the popular vote," Trump says. "I think we'd do as well or better." Says he was "never a fan of the electoral college."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Trump has both called the electoral college a "disaster" (after Mitt Romney lost in 2012) and "genius" (after he won in 2016) at various points over the last several years.