Donald Trump Press Meeting

Donald Trump Hit 'Reset Button' in Meeting With TV News Brass, Says Rep

Donald Trump had an “excellent” meeting with top brass from the major network and cable TV news organizations, the President-elect’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said on Monday afternoon.

The Trump Tower confab with more than a dozen players in the TV news game — including CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, CBS’ Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell, ABC’s David Muir, NBC’s Chuck Todd and Lester Holt, and Fox News chief Jay Wallace — came amid criticism that Trump has not held a single press conference since being elected the next President of the United States, and has only sat down for one major interview.

Though Monday’s meeting was off the record (meaning attendees cannot report on what was said), CNN’s Reliable Sources hears that “real progress was made” in terms of improving access to Trump, such as via the “press pool” that traditionally tags along with  presidents.

Conway told reporters afterward that the “very cordial, candid and honest” meeting was a “great” way to “set the reset button,” 12 days after the “long, hard-fought campaign” came to a close.

Update: Lest anyone think it was actually a “very cordial” affair, the Wall Street Journal (among others) is reporting that Trump — who was occasionally joined by chief strategist Steven Bannon or wife Melania — dressed down the network execs over not just their pre-election coverage and prognostication, but even, for example, NBC’s use of an unflattering photo of him that suggested “multiple chins.”

Conaway said Trump will hold a proper press conference “in due course,” as well as have a partially on-the-record meeting with New York Times representatives on Tuesday.

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  1. DJ Doena says:

    “amid criticism that Trump has not held a single press conference since being elected the next President of the United States”

    Oh noes! How DARE he?!?

    • Lauren says:

      it’s actually very unusual, i just read

      • JK says:

        Why in the world would the media expect him to play by the rules after they abandoned all pretense of being impartial and did nothing but misconstrue his words and put out hit piece after hit piece. Enough people were paying attention and saw through it. I hope he continues to call them out each and every time they start playing games. It’s about time someone did.

        • canadian17 says:

          Praytell, how did the media misconstrue him:

          1) wanting to ban 1.6 billion people from the US
          2) mocking a disabled reporter
          3) bragging about grabbing women by the pussy and getting away with it
          4) calling Mexicans rapists and criminals

          I’ll wait.

          • Cyn says:

            5)insulting gold star families
            6) lying about his relationship with Putin

          • Joey says:

            Media: *plays unedited video of Donald Trump making various statements*
            Trump Supporters: Why are they purposely misleading the public!?

          • JK says:

            If you don’t think the vast majority of the media had an agenda during their coverage of this election, you haven’t been paying attention. From day one they have claimed he called all Mexicans rapists and criminals and was therefore a racist. In fact he very clearly said that some of the people who come across the border illegally are bad people, but he also added that some are not. He was making the point that anyone who wants to march across can pretty much get away with it, no matter what kind of person they are, and we don’t do enough to stop it. I very much agree that Freedom of the Press is essential to a free society, but if the media fails to hold up their end of the bargain by effectively campaigning for one candidate over another, then they will suffer consequences in the form of losing the public’s trust and money. And right now several polls have shown the public’s trust of the media at an all time low. Newspapers like the NY Times are having to give away subscriptions to get people to read and are losing money like crazy. So many people in politics are actually literally married to the heads of the media divisions and departments. If you don’t think that matters, and that the media somehow still manages to be impartial, read Wikileaks. Those emails actually showed the collusion directly. Media people feeding the Clinton campaign questions in advance, running stories by them for approval before printing, or even asking the campaign for advice on what questions to hit Trump with. They got exposed, and enough people saw through it that the election had the outcome it did. So it doesn’t break my heart to hear about those people getting dressed down by Trump now.

          • Why dont you wait up in Canada, Canadian17? BTW, whats 17, your weight in stone?

          • Mary says:

            @JK well not that it would have matter but did the press write about his rape case. Did they cover his law suit regarding Trump University, which by the way he just settled for 25 million, because he was innocent. Did they cover his loan he has with China? No in fact all the press covered was Clintons E-mails. Trump used the press for free publicity and know he complains that they treated him unfairly. I call BS. When one refuses to see the lies the man speaks it is your problem not others.

        • westwingwolf says:

          By all means, let’s have a media that can only say good things about our leaders. You know like North Korea.

          • LCFan0413 says:

            Exactly. There are many things that terrify me about his presidency, but recently his complete lack of regard or respect for the freedom of press and freedom of speech have been extremely disconcerting. These are the pillars upon which our democracy stands. It’s extremely frightening.

            He is also making an absolutely mockery of the presidency, as if his twitter account were not enough, he is now reprimanding the media for using bad pictures of him. I have never been so thoroughly humiliated in my whole life. Four years cannot go by fast enough.

          • Ben says:

            Like with Obama?.. :P

          • westwingwolf says:

            I think you are forgetting how critical FOX News has been of him. Let’s see if they do that with Trump.

        • Ben says:

          Maybe because the media wants to live in a world where their first amendment rights to free speech are upheld?

          I mean, I think a lot of the things levelled at Trump are probably unfair, but I think one genuine concern about his Presidency is that he will have no regard at all for free speech. The right to criticise him seems to be absolutely lost on him.

        • Pedro says:

          Do you mean like Fox News, the #1 News Channel, defends him vigorously?

          Or how all media gave him 3 billion in free press and elected him?

          • Mary says:

            They tend to forget about that alt-right sites which spew lie after lie, but that was okay because it wasn’t about their candidate. Many weren’t intelligent enough to the fact check sites, because it would have expose the man. The fact is they heard the words everyone else did but did not CARE. That is the bottom line but many aren’t man enough to own it, just like their leader.

        • John Corbae says:

          Notice you don’t have a reply to anyone answering your criticisms.

        • Mara says:

          Or how about how no one has covered his actually inciting people with guns to take out Hillary? Or how no one has held him accountable for the hate he has incited with the increased number of racial hate crimes? Or how about how no one has covered his lawsuits? There are multiple suspect things about Trump the media has not pursued but yet the media kept after Hillary for one thing – the emails. Liberal bias, not hardly.

        • Mary says:

          Well your statement is a blatant lie. It should have read his minions did not care to hear the words that came out of the horses mouth. Your right enough people were paying attention unfortunately with the way are system is set up with the electoral the majority vote candidate didn’t get elected. It is more imperative NOW that the press reports everything and not kowtow to the whiny man behind the curtain. What Trump and his paid mouth piece Kelly Anne forgets is the Trump is now an EMPLOYEE OF THE PEOPLE. You can bet your bottom dollar that he will be watched and scrutinize by every American, especially the ones who did not vote for it. What Trump graves the most and he will never get is respect from the majority. You can hide your head in the sand and follow blindly but many of us has our eyes wide open. Sorry none of them should have agreed to keep the meeting quiet, we the people have every right to see the man in action.

      • Eurydice says:

        Yes, it’s unusual, if the history of the US started 40 years ago.

        • OhMy says:

          The reports are that Trump was his usual awful self — only more so.

        • AngieD says:

          Considering the 1st presidential race on TV was in the 1960’s, that’s history. I’m not sure if the President-elects had press conferences on the radio or just newspaper reports prior to that.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Not surprised that the media wants to have a good relationship with him. They helped get him elected.

  3. Dee says:

    I can and do not reapect Kelley Ann Conway. To me. she in no way, represents women. She is a female trump and god help us.

    • Mary says:

      She is what you call a spin doctor. You are right her and Trump could go head to head on who is the better liar.

    • grazelled says:

      She doesn’t even have to believe what she says as long as she gets paid. Wonder how long she’s going to last at this job considering Trump fired all her predecessors whenever he wanted.

  4. Cas says:

    What was the point of this if it isn’t even on the record? But the less I have to head him talk the better.

  5. TV Gord says:

    The New York Post sure tells a different story about what happened:

    Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

    “It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

    “Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

    “The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.

    A second source confirmed the fireworks.

    • anon says:

      And he’s going to be in charge of an entire country. Honestly, I’m pretty sure Barron Trump could do a better job at this point.

    • Eurydice says:

      Well, CNN does suck. I don’t care about the politics, but it’s a really rotten way to try to get the news. Endless commercials, ridiculous graphics, over the top music, hyperventilating pundits, so much blah-blah without actually saying anything. They should be ashamed of spending so much money to deliver so little content.

      • grazelled says:

        It shouldn’t matter in the context of this discussion if CNN sucks or not. What’s scary is that Trump’s rep says everything was “excellent” and now we’re hearing some media outlets saying completely different things about the meeting, except most of them are not reporting that on record. Does that mean we’re going to have even less of a free yet biased media after Trump is sworn than we have now? Are we going to have Fox news 24/7. Thank goodness for BBC and other world news sites although their access might be limited. Freedom of the press is my concern…even for those that want to take sides for or against the president. Honestly the media is the least of his soon to be problems.

  6. Michael Summerset says:

    Naturally the media outlets want to get along with Trump. Otherwise they’ll have to cozy up to FOX News to find out what’s going on.

  7. liame says:

    This entitled privileged prick needs to grow up. He paid his media and kkk goons to spread false information about Obama/Hillary and now this buffoon cries wolf when the TRUTH is told about his sad azz. Hey buffoon, if your slogan is “what you see is what you get”, own it bytch! Is it obvious I can’t stand that prejudice piece of lard azz? LOL!

  8. vinny says:

    wow you people are brutal….from my eyesight half the people love Trump and half the people love Hillary and you can’t say anything to sway either side….of all of my friends only two people see things clearly enough that their opinions can be trusted (they don’t take sides)….the media is clearly biased and you can definitely find the right outlet to fit your opinion

  9. Polly Sigh says:

    No one will change any minds here or on any other forums. I suggest we all go join our families and eat lots of turkey and stuffing or whatever traditional dishes you have for T-Day.
    FWIW-Terrified????? We survived BO, we’ll survive DT.