Washington, July 30: US President Donald Trump on Sunday, July 29, revealed in a tweet his meeting with AG Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times and it led to a public clash, showing the ugly equation that the president has with the mainstream media yet again.
Trump said in his tweet that his talks with Sulzberger were "very good and interesting" though the latter's statement issued later said another story.
In a lengthy statement, Sulzberger said that he expressed his worry over Trump's "deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric" and it was "eroding" America's commitment to media's liberty and free speech.
"I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous. 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," Sulzberger said (read his full statement her) (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/29/trump-meets-with-nyts-sulzberger-who-hits-deeply-anti-press-talk.html).
Trump, who said in his earlier tweet that during the talks with Sulzberger, the two discussed "the vast amounts of fake news, and how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.'"
Later in the day, the president the New York Times and The Washington Post in a series of tweets, blaming both as "anti-Trump haters" who are "do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - they will never change!"
...and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - and they will never change!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
...dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people! As an example, the failing New York Times...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
...accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
When the media - driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome - reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
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