Donald Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he had cancelled a meeting with the New York Times after the newspaper supposedly tried to change the “terms and conditions” of the meeting.
I cancelled today's meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
However, the Times has come out with a statement saying that Trump’s explanation is total nonsense, and said that it was actually Trump’s team that tried to change the rules of engagement.
“We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to,” the Times writes. “They tried to yesterday — asking for only a private meeting and no on-the-record segment, which we refused to agree to. In the end, we concluded with them that we would go back to the original plan of a small off the record session and a larger on the record session with reporters and columnists.”
Check out the full statement below, as posted by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.
Re Trump's claim that NY Times changed conditions of meeting, NYT spox denies it & tells me Trump camp wanted meeting to stay off record: pic.twitter.com/sWkMEgJqDU
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 22, 2016