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Donald Trump blasts New York Times again, cancels meeting; takes U-turn later

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India TV News Desk, New York [Updated:22 Nov 2016, 21:10:54]

Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly canceled a meeting with The New York Times, accusing the organization of changing the conditions for the session "at the last moment." 

The newspaper denied the charge saying Trump's aides tried to change the rules.

“I cancelled today's meeting with the failing New York Times when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

In a series of tweets, Trump also criticised the newspaper for its coverage on him.

“Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the New York Times. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone,” he said. 

“The failing New York Times just announced that complaints about them are at a 15 year high. I can fully understand that - but why announce?” he asked. 

However, a spokesperson for Trump later said the President-elect might be visiting with the newspaper after all.

Spokesman Hope Hicks told reporters gathered in Trump Tower on Tuesday morning that Trump was "going to the New York Times" later in the day.

He had been scheduled to meet Times reporters, editors and columnists and did not give details of his complaint, saying in a morning tweet only that "the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice."

Eileen M. Murphy, the newspaper's senior vice president for communications, said the paper "did not change the ground rules at all."

She said Trump's aides asked for a private meeting only, with nothing on the record, after having agreed to a meeting that would consist of a small off-the-record session and a larger on-the-record one with reporters and columnists.

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Donald Trump abruptly canceled a meeting with The New York Times Photo: AP