President-Elect Donald Trump held an “off-the-record” meeting with prominent members of the television news establishment in Trump Tower on Monday. Unlike an actual off-the-record meeting, in which participants keep subject matter confidential, details of the meeting are emerging from media and Trump administration sources alike.
Gayle King, of CBS’ “This Morning,” appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to talk about the meeting and press relations in general, urging that once Trump is in office, “We have to have access to the president; he has to give access to the press.”
After campaigning against the “crooked media” and blacklisting reporters on his run for the White House, millions are watching with bated breath to see if Trump’s presidency will be even less transparent than the Obama administration. Signs point that way: Unlike every modern presidential administration before him, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to hold a press conference.
In this interview, King confirms accounts stating that the meeting was, in part, a “slapdown” toward certain members of the media, particularly those Trump perceived as having treated him unfairly.
More than others, King seems to have left feeling optimistic about it, noting, “It’s true, he’s been no fan of the media, but the thing is, we have a job to do, he has a job to do, sometimes it’s adversarial […] But we’ve got to figure out a way to work together.”
“I love this country. We’ve got to figure this out.”