The publisher of the New York Times revealed this week that he met with Donald Trump earlier this month to communicate his frustration about the way the president describes the majority of news media.
Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
After Trump posted a tweet referencing their discussion, A.G. Suzlberger released his own statement at odds with the “very good and interesting meeting” described by the president.
As CNN reported, the publisher’s detailed notes read, in part:
“I told him that although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”