Despite sending a flurry of tweets which suggested otherwise, it seems United State's President-elect #Donald Trump, decided to meet with senior staff in the Manhattan offices of the #New York Times on Tuesday, November 22nd. The Republican had earlier in the day had tweeted: "I canceled today's meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice"
Shortly after 12:30PM EST, President Trump and the New York Times began the long and arduous task of repairing their relationship together, after being told by NYT publisher Andre Sulzberger Jr., he was about to receive, "the easiest questions you’re going to get this administration", Trump playfully responded about the "tremendous respect" he had for the newspaper.
Donald Trump: 'I’m going to work very hard to bring the country together.'
"After establishing a friendly rapport and discussing various state electoral votes, the interview begins to turn to more salient content when Executive Editor of the NYT, Dean Bauqet began to ask President Trump about his connection to racially charged sentiments and groups from the right-wing which have championed his mission as their own. When asked how he would manage his followers who harbor ideologies of racial superiority, Trump answered: "I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. What we do want to do is we want to bring the country together, because the country is very, very divided, and that’s one thing I did see, big league. It’s very, very divided, and I’m going to work very hard to bring the country together."
Moving along, Trump further distanced himself from his earlier campaign promise to seek prosecution against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "I’m just telling you, Maggie, I’m not looking to hurt them. I think they’ve [The Clintons] been through a lot. They’ve gone through a lot. I’m really looking … I think we have to get the focus of the country into looking forward."
When asked directly about whether he had totally abandoned the possibility of seeking prosecution against Clinton, Trump was not definitive but again distanced himself from earlier campaign rhetoric: "No, no, but it’s just not something that I feel very strongly about. I feel very strongly about health care. I feel very strongly about an immigration bill that I think even the people in this room can be happy. You know, you’ve been talking about immigration bills for 50 years and nothing’s ever happened."
Business as usual for Trump: 'You have to understand, our companies are noncompetitive right now.'
When asked how he would respond to taking up the 2016 Paris Climate Change Agreement, Trump responded that he had "an open mind" while additionally suggesting that climate science was only one-side of the story. When pressed about whether or not he believed in humanity's connection to climate change, Trump affirmed his responsibility to building industry: "I think right now … well, I think there is some connectivity. There is some, something. It depends on how much. It also depends on how much it’s going to cost our companies. You have to understand, our companies are non-competitive right now."
The remainder of the interview covers a variety of important topics ranging from who Trump has decided to make his central advisers and strategists, what the president-elect believes is America's place in the world as well as how he will address international relations. President-elect Trump suggested he would seek to repeal Obamacare, repair America's standing in the world and bring the nation together. In closing, Trump thanked the New York Times: "We’re looking for the same thing, and I hope we can all get along well."
The Full transcript of this interview is available on New York Times' website. #Election 2016