The 8 Most Important Moments From The Donald Trump/New York Times Meeting

Trump On His Business Conflicts of Interest
President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

After canceling, and then a few hours later un-canceling, his meeting with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump held one of his first on-the-record sessions with the press since being elected President. It was a wide-ranging meeting that covered many vital topics.

Here are the most important moments from Trump’s meeting with the New York Times:

This was one of Trump’s most noteworthy statements from the meeting. It brings back memories of Nixon, who famously said “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” In response to whether or not the “law” is on his side, some would point to to the Emoluments Clause in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution. This clause states that the President can’t, “accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Some say this clause may come into play as reports emerge of Trump meeting with his Indian business partners, Ivanka sitting in on meetings with foreign leaders, foreign delegations feeling pressure to stay at Trump’s DC hotel, and in a phone call with Nigel Farage, Trump reportedly expressed his opposition to Scottish wind farms that may obstruct the view of his golf course. Trump later spoke on his DC hotel and the reports on the Scottish wind farm

Trump On Climate Change

After previously stating that global warming was a hoax created by the Chinese and that he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, President-elect Donald Trump took a distinctly different position during the meeting.

Trump On The Middle East

Trump stated he has a “different view” when it comes to Syria. This statement and the reference to not feeling that the U.S. should be a nation builder, coupled with his past supportive statements of Russia and Assad, may give you a good idea of what his approach will be when it comes to Syria. He also mentioned Israel and Palestine.

Jared Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and played an important advisory role during Trump’s campaign. What qualifications does Kushner have to negotiate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians? We don’t know, but that may not make a difference seeing how Trump wouldn’t be allowed to appoint him to any formal position.

5 U.S. Code § 3110 restricts public officials, including the President, from appointing, employing, promoting a relative in or to a position in an agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction. And seeing how private citizens are not authorized to conduct U.S. foreign policy, this suggestion of Kushner negotiating peace in the Middle East, appears to be DOA.

Trump On Bannon

Trump has drawn criticism for his appointment of former Executive Chairman of alt-right news site Breitbart, Steve Bannon, to the role of Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. Many point to this appointment as a sign that Trump would govern in the same divisive manner as he campaigned. Trump dismissed the criticism.

Trump On The Alt-Right And The Neo-Nazi Conference

Donald Trump has received a lot of support from the white supremacist “Alt-Right” hate group. The National Policy Institute, a white supremacist organization, held an event this past weekend in Washington, D.C. The group has felt empowered by Trump’s appointment of Bannon and the divisive rhetoric throughout his Presidential campaign. The videos of attendees at the event chanting “Hail Trump!” and partaking in Nazi salutes drew outrage from the public at large. Trump, finally commented on this event and the alt-right.

Trump On Clinton

After 18 months of a distinctly anti-Clinton campaign and holding rallies that prominently featured “Lock her up!” chants, Donald Trump completely backtracked on his promise to do just that. Even though the office of the President does not have the power to prosecute Clinton unilaterally, this didn’t stop Trump from making the promise to his supporters that he would appoint a special prosecutor to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton.

During the meeting today, the President-elect reversed course.

Trump On Obama

Before meeting with President Obama in person, Trump was arguably his fiercest critic. Trump led the hateful birther movement and constantly berated his Presidency over the past 8 years. But in the weeks since meeting President Obama, President-elect Trump has consistently spoken highly of Obama. He continued to do so today.

Trump On The First Amendment

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly mentioned he would open up libel laws. This is especially troubling when you take into account how often he attacks the press (Especially the NYT) for reporting negative stories about him. Media scrutiny comes with the job when you hold public office. When pressed on this topic, President-elect Trump said the following:

Trump has been unusually secretive in comparison with past President-elects. He has abandoned his press pool on a few occasions and has yet to hold an official televised press conference since being elected President. This meeting with the New York Times gave us one of the most open and revealing days since Nov 8th. One can only hope we’ll “be happy” with his commitment to the first amendment, and he begins to treat the press with the constitutional respect they deserve.

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