Aide: Trump didn’t ‘explode in anger’ during media meeting

A top aide to Donald Trump is pushing back on a report that the president-elect ripped media executives and reporters during an off-the-record meeting on Monday. 

{mosads}Following his meeting with executives and anchors from America’s five largest television networks, the New York Post quoted two sources who described it as “a f—ing firing squad.” 

“No, that’s not true at all. I sat right to his left. He did not explode in anger,” Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said Monday, disputing the account during an interview on Bloomberg Politics’s “With All Due Respect.”

“By the way, it’s an off-the-record meeting, so whoever said that and mischaracterized it should think twice,” she continued. “But no, he did not explode in anger.”

The hourlong meeting arranged by Conway reportedly included 30 to 40 people and representatives from ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. 

One of the sources told the Post that Trump took aim specifically at CNN President Jeff Zucker. The source claimed Trump said “everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.”

When speaking to reporters earlier Monday in the lobby of Trump Tower, Conway described the meeting as “cordial” and “productive.”

“It was also very candid and very honest,” Conway told reporters in New York City. “From my own perspective, it’s great to hit the reset button. It was a long, hard-fought campaign. 

“Donald Trump proved that he animated America. He understood America, and now he will be the president of all Americans.”

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