President elect Donald Trump met with journalists yesterday at the New York Times in New York City just one day after he invited broadcast journalists into Trump Tower and gave them a tongue lashing for their past coverage about him during the presidential election.
Trump has displayed criticism of the New York Times, especially on Twitter, where he often tweeted caustic tweets about the newspaper. Trump frequently calls the New York Times the “failing New York Times” and in March even tweeted it is “one of the worst newspapers.”
The failing @nytimes is truly one of the worst newspapers. They knowingly write lies and never even call to fact check. Really bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2016
Trump dropped his negative sentiment about the Times yesterday and admitted “I have great respect for the Times and I’d like to turn it around.”
Trump told New York Times journalists that during the presidential election his people had great enthusiasm and “Hillary’s people didn’t have enthusiasm.”
Trump said that in the end, Clinton didn’t get the African-American vote.
“So they didn’t necessarily vote for me, but they didn’t show up, which was a big problem that she had” Trump explained.
Trump spoke about the importance of working to unite the country.
“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” Trump said.
Trump Disavows Alt-Right White Nationalists From National Policy Institute And Says He’ll Stay Open To Climate Change
Trump said that he disavows the racist white nationalist group that made headlines in recent days for giving Hitler like salutes and hails to president elect Trump during a convention in Washington D.C., just blocks away from the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group” Trump said.
When questioned by New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman about climate change and specifically whether he plans to take the U.S. out of the groundbreaking Paris Agreement, Trump said he is “looking at it very closely” and has an “open mind to it.”
Trump admitted that there are few things where there’s more division than climate change but spoke about the need to give the Paris Agreement a “very serious look.”
Affirming that there is some connection between human activity and climate change, Trump said, “I think right now … well, I think there is some connectivity.”
However, Trump offered what appears to be a conditional endorsement of human activity and climate change based solely on the bottom line for U.S. businesses.
Trump cited the financial costs companies have to absorb from environmental regulations.
“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 noncompetitive right now” Trump said.
Trump spoke about how windmills are made in Germany and they kill lots of birds while citing how the U.S. is subsidizing the cost of wind energy through tax credits.
“I mean, for the most part they don’t work. I don’t think they work at all without subsidy, and that bothers me, and they kill all the birds” Trump said.
Trump admitted about the wind industry, “I wouldn’t want to subsidize it.”
Trump Wants To “Move Forward” When Questioned About Investigating Clinton
After his New York Times interview yesterday, Trump frustrated some conservatives who still want to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her private e-mail server and past involvement with the Clinton Foundation.
Trump spoke about the need to “move forward” and to begin working on some of the massive problems that the U.S. is facing instead of delving back into the past.
“This has been looked at for so long. Ad nauseam. Let’s go forward” Trump said.