NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- President-elect Donald Trump met with editors and executives of the New York Times on Tuesday afternoon, in a meeting that had at first been canceled using Trump's favorite medium, Twitter. (TWTR)
Earlier in the day Trump had tweeted that he had canceled his meeting with what he called the "failing" New York Times, as the publication was said to have changed the conditions of the meeting at the last moment.
The Times then sent out its own tweet denying the claim. Trump also accused the Times of continuing to cover him "inaccurately and with a nasty tone." Later Trump tweeted that the meeting was back on and set for 12:30 p.m. ET.
Changing his tone from the day's earlier tweets, Trump said he has "great respect" for the New York Times, but did note that its treatment of him had been "very rough," the Times reported after the meeting.
During the meeting Trump also said he wants to turn his relationship with the publication around and that it "would make the job I am doing much easier," New York Times media, TV, and politics reporter Mike Grynbaum tweeted this afternoon.
Various other New York Times reporters tweeted out other snippets from the meeting. Among other points, Trump touched on his 90-minute meeting with President Obama after the election.
Trump believes Obama is "looking to do absolutely the right thing" in terms of the transition from his administration to Trump's. The pair discussed the world's "biggest problems" including one, in particular, that Trump would not elaborate on, according to a tweet from the paper's political correspondent, Maggie Haberman.
As far as Trump's thoughts as to the role the U.S. should take in the world, "I don't think we should be a nation builder," he said, Haberman tweeted.
Trump also spoke with the newspaper's editors and publisher about his comments from the campaign regarding prosecuting his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server while at the State Department. During the second debate Trump vowed that if he won he would "instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation."
His stance on diving further into the email issue changed. "It's not something that I feel very strongly about" he said. Trump wants to "move forward" and focus on health care and immigration.
"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump told the Times.
Trump made headlines for a lot of his inflammatory comments during the campaign, notably his stance on climate change. He once called global warming a "hoax," started by the Chinese.
In another change of tune, Trump vowed to keep an open mind about climate change. He did not repeat his promise to abandon the International Climate Accord that was reached in Paris last year, the Times noted. However, he did say he is "looking at it very closely."
President-elect Trump is currently in the process of filling his Cabinet, but one controversial choice has been Steve Bannon to the position of chief strategist (which is not a Cabinet position). To his critics, Bannon is said to be a member of the alt-right, and was even called a "Nazi" by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.
"If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn't even think about hiring him," Trump said of Bannon, according to a tweet from Haberman.
Trump's inauguration will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017.
The New York Times has not yet responded to TheStreet's request for comment on the meeting with Trump.