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New York Times tells Trump: Don't call reporters enemies of the people

July 29, 2018 4:12 pm

The publisher of the New York Times has urged President Donald Trump not to continue labelling reporters “enemies of the people”, saying it could “lead to violence” against the media.

AG Sulzberger was reporting a meeting with Mr Trump at the White House.

The meeting was intended to be off-the-record but Mr Sulzberger said Mr Trump broke this with a tweet on Sunday.

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In his tweet, the president said he had had a “very good and very interesting” meeting with Mr Sulzberger.

“Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!” the tweet read.

He did not refer to his own repeated use of the phrase.

The New York Times released its statement after Mr Trump tweeted, saying it had decided to “respond to the president’s characterisation of their conversation”.

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Mr Sulzberger said he had accepted the meeting with Mr Trump to raise concerns about the president’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric”

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