US President-elect Donald Trump has finally visited The New York Times’ office. On a day of dramatic developments that saw Trump scrapped a scheduled meeting with the influential US newspaper but within hours reversed his decision and rescheduled it, after chastising the “failing” daily for changing the terms and conditions of the interview and for being “not nice” to him. The meeting was finalised after Trump gave the go-ahead for it. “The meeting with the @nytimes is back on at 12:30 today. Look forward to it!” he tweeted. During a 75-minute meeting Trump lavished praise on The New York Times office by terming the daily as “a great, great American jewel”. He also pitched for a bonhomie by saying “And I hope we can all get along.”
Interestingly, The New York Times had aggressively criticised Trump in the run-up to the November 8 general election. It even had come out with a full two-page spread of all the insults Donald Trump has slung on Twitter. It had printed about 6,000 of the insults the controversial Republican presidential nominee has posted on Twitter. “SAD!” “CROOKED,” “failing,” read just a few. The feature included some of Trump’s most familiar online grudges, including against the American media. While major media outlets, reporters and other politicians have taken the brunt of Trump’s attacks, the Times also highlighted some of the more bizarre enemies Trump has made on social media.
A September editorial of New York Times had dubbed Trump’s campaign as “marked by bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims”.
(With agency inputs)