After an 18-month long feud with #The New York Times, President-elect #Donald Trump decided to sit down with the paper for an on the record interview. After initially cancelling the meeting, expressing his views on Twitter, Trump met the reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Trump and the Times

Donald Trump has long expressed his disdain for The New York Times, one of the most respected news outlets in the country. Throughout the campaign, the former host of "The Apprentice" would refer to the paper as the "failing New York Times," pointing to their decline in readership and attempting to link it to their alleged bias against his candidacy. As Trump met with reporters from the paper, Maggie Haberman, a correspondent for the New York Times, live tweeted the Q&A from the interview on November 22.

In one of his first comments to the paper, Trump told reporters that he was "treated unfair" during the campaign, but expressed his desire to "improve" the relationship between both sides. Trump made mention of another top newspaper, stating, "You could make the case the Washington Post was bad, but every once in awhile I actually got a good article." Trump was also honest about the toll the campaign took on him, stating it was "brutality in a true sense," but considered it a "great victory." Trump even addressed the issue that he received less overall votes than #Hillary Clinton, saying "I'd rather do the popular vote," while admitting he was "never a fan of the electoral college."

Trump was also questioned about the controversy coming out of the "alt right," movement, who have been accused of supporting him while backing white supremacy. "It's not a group I want to energize," he said, before adding, "If they are energized I want to look into it and find out why."

The billionaire real estate mogul then went on to address the controversy surrounding his new Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, stating, "If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn't even think about hiring him."

Trump on Clinton

Despite promising to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of private email server while serving as Secretary of State, Trump is no longer making that a priority. "I think it would be very very divisive for the country," Trump said, while confirming that he would no longer consider pursuing charges.

Trump on policy

Donald Trump also gave his thoughts on a variety of different political topics, giving answers that might surprise many. On the issue of Climate Change, Trump said he was keeping "an open mind" about it, while adding, "Clean air is vitally important." This is a total reversal when compared to his previous position where he referred to Climate Change as a hoax invented by the Chinese.

The president-elect then addressed the complicated situation in Syria, stating, "Syria, we have to solve that problem," while also noting, "We have to end that craziness." Trump elaborated further when asked about his possible selection of Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, saying that he was a strong candidate, but said he was surprised that the general was against the use of waterboarding.

On Obama

The future commander in chief also addressed his prior meeting with President Obama, and did another 180. For years Trump bashed the president and gave voice to the birther movement that questioned whether or not the president was a legal citizen.

On his meeting with Obama, Trump said, "I really like him a lot." Obama is expected to go out of his way to help Trump as he prepares to take office in less than two months.