-- 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.
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!"
Here are some of the highlights:
ON ALT-RIGHT CONFERENCE - 'I DISAVOW & CONDEMN THEM'
ON REPUBLICAN PARTY - 'THEY LOVE ME'
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.
Trump boasted today that the Republican leadership in Congress is “in love” with him.
ON OBAMA MEETING - 'LIKE HIM A LOT'
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.
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.
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 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.