UPDATE: After President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that his meeting with the New York Times was cancelled, media reports indicated that it had been put back on his schedule.
On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump was reportedly supposed to have a private meeting with the New York Times, then canceled it at the last minute when the newspaper said it wouldn’t go off the record.
In journalistic circles, to go “off the record” means that nothing discussed can be printed.
Trump had a similar meeting with members of major network media outlets on Monday.
Trump took to Twitter to confirm the meeting’s cancellation.
“I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” Trump wrote.
“Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!”
“The failing @nytimes just announced that complaints about them are at a 15 year high. I can fully understand that – but why announce?”
The New York Times confirmed the cancellation on Tuesday.
“With reporters and editors set to go, the president-elect announced via Twitter around 6 a.m. that he would not be taking questions from editors and reporters with The New York Times, which were to be mostly on the record, unlike his meeting with television news executives on Monday,” the paper wrote.
The meeting would have come after months of accusations from the Trump campaign about unfair reporting from the “paper of record,” which has struggled to build a relationship with the president-elect.