President-elect Donald J. Trump met with executives and representatives from NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and Fox Business Network Monday afternoon, Nov. 21.
The journalists are among the tribe he labeled “the dishonest media,” “sleaze,” “slime” and “unbelievable liars” during his campaign. The media folk were notified beforehand that the meeting was “off the record” and none of them can disclose or report what was discussed.
The meeting was organized by Trump’s senior adviser and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who said she put it together in just two days.
Conway briefly spoke with reporters in the lobby to say that Trump had been “very candid and honest” with the group; it was “great to set the reset button” with the members of the media that were present for the “unprecedented” talk.
Who made the list?
“ABC News” was represented by president James Goldston and anchors George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Martha Raddatz.
“Nightly News” host Lester Holt and “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd were on hand for NBC News, along with president Deborah Turness.
“Face the Nation” was represented by host John Dickerson and the entire “CBS This Morning” team of Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell along with Washington bureau chief Chris Isham.
CNN president Jeff Zucker attended on behalf of his network with on-air talent Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett.
Fox News had a handful of executives present at the meeting, including co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernathy, vice president of news and editorial Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott, the vice president of programming and development at the network.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin was there for his network and Brian Jones attended for Fox Business Network.
On Tuesday, there’s a meeting scheduled between the president-elect and executives and reporters from The New York Times.