President Trump's love-hate relationship with the (not) 'failing' New York Times

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As a native New Yorker, Donald Trump has been reading the New York Times for decades. When I worked at the Times in the late 2000s, Trump sometimes sent me and my colleagues copies of our stories from the print edition with a compliment or a complaint scrawled in black sharpie pen. During his presidential campaign, Trump routinely called the Times "failing," often seemingly in response to stories he did not like. His campaign even threatened to sue The Times, but did not follow through.

After Election Day, he visited the newspaper's midtown Manhattan headquarters for an interview with reporters and opinion writers, and he praised The Times as a "great, great American jewel." Yet he has insulted the Times via Twitter more than 150 times, according to the newspaper's own count. Among the many slurs: "Weak," "fake news," "sick," "so wrong," "nasty," and "not nice."


President Trump's love-hate relationship with the (not) 'failing' New York Times