NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “The new best way to be the most powerful in the world.”
That was a line used to describe Donald Trump at a CNN interview this week, and it’s something he said repeatedly during the presidential campaign.
So how did this interview come to be, and how did the Times’ most-read reporter cover it?
Trump has said he was trying to get the Times to cover his inauguration coverage.
But the interview is a clear reference to how the newspaper’s top reporter, David Sanger, got there, and to the fact that the paper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., was so eager to get to the bottom of the interview that he was willing to take it to the brink of his own personal safety.
Sanger had a full-time security detail, and a team of two dozen reporters and editors.
“It’s a pretty rare interview for me,” Sulzbergers said, “because it’s the biggest story that’s going to come out of my office.”
But what exactly was the interview about?
The Times’ story that follows is important because it sheds light on what happened during the Trump presidency, and the extent to which the paper covered it.
The Times article starts with an interview with Trump, who was the keynote speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Trump was asked about his inauguration plan, which was to hold a rally at the Mall of America in Washington, D.C., with an estimated crowd of 50,000 people.
Trump told the Times that he would be open to giving the same speech at the White House, and said he hoped the press would follow his lead.
He went on to say that he’d like to “put on the biggest show possible,” and suggested that the press cover the event with a special kind of “buzz.”
The Times’s reporters interviewed Trump twice over a week in May and June, and found that he repeatedly made statements about inauguration coverage that were incorrect.
He often claimed that he had spoken to the president-elect, when he had not.
He said that the first president-in-waiting would be a woman.
He seemed to think that the president was in a wheelchair.
He told the reporters that the Times had “no idea” if he was “the first president,” a claim the paper debunked.
He also said he’d been “very successful” with “the biggest show in the history of politics,” which he said was “not going to be good for the press.”
“I’ve been very successful with the biggest shows in the History of Politics, in the United States,” he said.
Trump also said that he hoped “the media” would cover the inauguration, but did not say whether he’d accept coverage.
The interview also reveals a troubling truth about how the paper covers Trump: The president-elder doesn’t like the media, and he has said that his administration has taken steps to “destroy” the news media.
The paper published an article about his relationship with his son-in the White the day after he spoke.
Trump said he wanted to “get to the truth” on the meeting, and “took no prisoners” about what he’d told Sulzbergers.
Sulzgerers said he “wasn’t surprised” by the comments, which he considered to be “unusual.”
Trump later said in a tweet that Sulzbers “dishonestly and maliciously attacked me,” and that he felt he’d gotten “sarcastic treatment” from Sulzburgers.
“He has no credibility whatsoever.
This is a bully,” Trump tweeted.
“I was treated unfairly by Sulzburger & he knows it.
He’s a scumbag.”
The New York Post’s Andrew Restuccia also had an article published in May that said the Trump administration had tried to get a newspaper to cover a meeting between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, which Sulzauer did not cover.
Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration with the Times for not covering his inauguration.
In May, he said the paper “is not a great newspaper.”
The following month, he tweeted that the newspaper had “nothing but contempt” for him.
“They are the most dishonest people I have ever met in my life, with no honor,” Trump wrote.
Trump then went on, “This has been a disaster for the American people.
The media have treated me unfairly.
The country is in total disarray.
They have no credibility.
This whole thing is a disaster.
It is a travesty.
It’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to America.
The press has lost its credibility, and they have no future.”
Sulzenbergers responded to the Trump tweet by saying that he “should not have been asked to do this interview.
He did not ask to be interviewed and was not a paid employee.”
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