President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced Report: Senate's Russia probe understaffed Trump won't comment on Le Pen's advancement in French election MORE complained to New York Times editors and reporters about the “rough” coverage he’s received from the paper but expressed a desire to repair his fractious relationship with the outlet at a meeting on Tuesday.
According to tweets from Times reporters present at the meeting — which was nearly scuttled after a misunderstanding over the terms of the arrangement — Trump opened the discussion with a four-minute long airing of his grievances with the paper.
"I think I've been treated very rough," Trump said. "I will say the Times is about the roughest of all."
“I have great respect for the New York Times. I have tremendous respect,” says Trump. “I think I've been treated very rough."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump is speaking in measured, quiet tones. “I will say the Times is about the roughest of all,” he says of NYT’s coverage of his campaign.— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
“You could make the case the Washington Post was bad, but every once in awhile I actually got a good article,” Trump says.— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Still, Trump expressed a desire to “turn it around.”
“I think it would make the job I am doing much easier,” Trump said, according to tweets.
The scheduled meeting with the Times almost didn’t happen.
Trump ripped the outlet in a series of early morning tweets, saying that the “failing” newspaper has been committed to covering him “inaccurately” and that they had changed the terms of the planned meeting with him on short notice.
The president-elect changed course at the last minute, agreeing to an off-the-record session with the publisher and an on-the-record portion with reporters, which was being live-tweeted by those present in the room with him.
The meeting comes at a tenuous time between Trump and the press.
On Monday, Trump hosted top television news executives and anchors at Trump Tower for an explosive meeting in which he reportedly browbeat those in attendance for their coverage of him.