Trump Still Hasn't Held A Presser, But NYT Got The Next Best ThingBy Jamal Andress | November 22, 2016
The press — and more importantly, the public — hasn't gotten a post-election press conference with President-elect Donald Trump. But in a meeting with The New York Times, the businessman-turned-politician answered some of the nation's most pressing questions.
The meeting covered everything from Steve Bannon's reported ties with the alt-right movement to Trump's recent decision not to push for investigations of Hillary Clinton. Here are the highlights:
Trump said he was "never a fan" of the electoral college, despite the role it played in getting him elected.
"I'd rather do the popular vote," Trump says. "I think we'd do as well or better." Says he was "never a fan of the electoral college."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
He said he doesn't want to "energize" the alt-right movement and that he doesn't consider Bannon alt-right.
Trump on alt-right supporters: "It's not a group I want to energize. And if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
On Bannon:"If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn't even think about hiring him."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Regarding Breitbart, the website Bannon ran before working for the Trump presidential campaign, Trump said it's "just a publication."
Trump is asked about concerns from minority groups about Breitbart News’s coverage under Steve Bannon. His reply: pic.twitter.com/FBqCGwQpBr— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
On climate change, he said:
"Clean air is vitally important," Trump says about climate change. Says he is keeping "an open mind."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
"I think there is some connectivity" between humans and climate change, Trump says.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Pushing for Clinton to be prosecuted would be "very very divisive for the country," he said. He also noted that some would say the Clinton Foundation has done "good work."
That last tweet was Trump making clear he doesn't favor prosecution. Added people could argue the Clinton Foundation has done "good work."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
When discussing his business interests and the potential conflicts that would come with being president, he said:
Trump on his businesses/conflict q's: "The law's totally on my side, the president can't have a conflict of interest."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
"My company's so unimportant to me relative to what I'm doing." Trump.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
For more on the meeting, check out The New York Times' live blog.