BRIDGEWATER, N.J. ̵
Trump revealed Sunday that he met at the White House with publisher A.G. Sulzberger said they discussed "the vast amounts of fake news." The president said he explained to Sulzberger why he was increasingly characterizing journalists as the "enemy of the people."
The president tweeted Sunday from his New Jersey golf estate, "Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with AG Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad! '
The tweet asked Sulzberger to release details of their July 20 meeting, at which he was accompanied by James Bennet, the Times editorial page editor.
A New York Times spokeswoman said that Trump had invited Sulzberger and that White House aides had asked that the meeting remained "off the record" in
Sulzberger zei in een langdurige verklaring, gebaseerd op zijn en Bennet's notities, dat hij het eens was met de vergadering met Trump " to raise concerns about the president's deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric. "
" I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous, "Sulzberger said." I told him that although "Jeg er warned at dette inflammatoriske språk bidrar til en stigning i trusler mot journalister og vil føre til vold."
He continued, "I repeatedly stressed that this is especially true abroad, where the president's rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists. I warned at det var at sætte liv i fare, at det underminerte de demokratiske idealer fra vårt land, og at det var eroding et af landets største eksporter: en forpligtelse til fri tale og en fri press. "
The publisher went on to say, "Throughout the conversation I stressed that if President Trump, like former presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world. I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country. "
The White House has provided no details of Trump and Sulzberger's conversation beyond the president's tweet.
" The president regularly meets with members of the media and we can confirm this meeting took place, "Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, said in an email statement.
Sulzberger became the New York Times publisher in January, succeeding his father, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., who is the company's chairman of the board.
Trump regularly expresses fury with the way he is covered in the news media, and he has long had a particular fascination with his coverage in the Times, dating to his many years of struggles to win the respect of Manhattan's elite.
In a speech last week at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Mo., Trump bashed the journalists covering the event, which drew a rebuke from VFW leadership.
"Do not believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news," Trump said, gesturing to the press area of the venue.
The President added, "Just remember: What you're seeing and what you're reading is what's happening."
Last week, the Trump White House barred CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins from attending an open media event in the Rose Garden about his questioning of the president earlier that day.
At various moments throughout his presidency, Trump has sought to punish journalists for the way they ask him questions, directing White House staff to bar those reporters from covering official events or to revoke their press credentials, The Washington Post reported this past week.
"These people shouting questions are the worst," Trump has said, according to an administration official. "Why do we have them in here?"