This is music to our ears. Thank you Trump for saying it like it is. The MSM has become corrupt and biased it’s not even funny anymore. Trump isn’t here to make friends, he’s here to get stuff done.
Donald Trump reportedly used his secret meeting with executives from the major television networks and their top on-air talent on Monday to criticize and attack those in attendance.
The New York Post spoke with a source who said that the meeting felt ‘like a f***ing firing squad,’ and described the hour-long discussion as a ‘total disaster.’
Some of those in attendance also got a ‘Trump-style dressing down’ according to the source, most notably CNN president Jeff Zucker and ABC’s chief global correspondent Martha Raddatz.
A second source, who confirmed that there was an encounter between Trump and Zucker, said: ‘Trump kept saying, “We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.”
‘He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars.’
This account differs wildly from the one Kellyanne Conway gave to members of the press after she left the meeting, which she said was ‘very cordial, very productive, very congenial.’
She went on to say that Trump was ‘very candid and honest’ in the meeting, and on a personal note stated that it was ‘great to hit the reset button’ after a ‘long, hard-fought campaign.’
Conway responded to the story in the Post on Monday evening by saying that Trump did not ‘explode in anger,’ but did not comment beyond that.
Trump kicked things off by going after Zucker, according to the first source who spoke with the Post. That person claims that the President-elect told the CNN president, ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.’
He later turned his attention to two of the women who had been covering the election said the second source.
‘Trump didn’t say Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room,’ claims the source.
Tur was not present at the meeting on Monday.
Later in the meeting, those in attendance did have the chance to pose some questions to Trump according to that same source, at which point CBS This Morning host Gayle King asked: ‘How do you propose we the media work with you?’
Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd used his time to ask a few ‘pointed questions’ said the source, while World News Tonight anchor David Muir asked if he had figured out his family’s living situation come January.
‘It was a horrible meeting,’ added the source.
The surprise get-together came as a bit of a shock given some of the comments Trump made during his campaign about the ‘dishonest media,’ and had not been mentioned in a mid-morning conference call that his transition team held with reporters on Monday.
Representatives from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, NBC, ABC, and CBS were present at the meeting, which featured a cameo appearance from Trump’s wife Melania at one point according to a source.
Members of Trump’s team present at the event included chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, spokesman Jason Miller, communications director Sean Spicer and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a source told Politico.
That source said that Trump took some time to praise President Obama during the meeting, and revealed that the men had spoken on the phone twice since meeting at the White House for the first time just 10 days ago.
He spoke about his cabinet too with those present according to the source, saying Mitt Romney ‘really wants’ to be secretary of state, and that he really wants a member of the military as his secretary of defense.