Donald Trump Fields Questions on Clinton, Bannon and Alt-Right From N.Y. Times Editors

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Donald Trump in the Times lobby on Tuesday

The journalists live-tweeted Tuesday's Q&A with the president-elect.

Following a morning of back-and-forth negotiations, Donald Trump sat down with the journalists of The New York Times on Tuesday afternoon.

After abruptly canceling and then rescheduling the sitdown with executives and journalists of the Times, Trump arrived at the Manhattan headquarters for a 12:30 p.m. ET meeting, which included a question-and-answer session that was live-tweeted by the newspaper's reporters. 

Trump had requested the face-to-face but abruptly backed out of the sitdown early Tuesday morning. "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," he tweeted around 6 a.m. ET. He also lamented how "they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!"

In response to Trump's series of tweets, the Times spoke with his team and agreed to reschedule the meeting on its original terms. The Times denied they made any attempts to change the ground rules in a statement and later posted a report citing anonymous sources who said Reince Priebus, Trump's incoming White House chief of staff, misinformed Trump about the meeting over fears about the questions he might face.

Priebus accompanied Trump on Tuesday, along with Trump's policy adviser Stephen Miller, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and spokeswoman Hope Hicks.

Unlike Trump's Monday's meeting with the TV press, which was entirely off the record, the Times meeting included an on-the-record Q&A session with presidential campaign reporters, senior news editors and columnists. There will also be an off-the-record session with the newspaper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. 

During the session, Trump fielded questions about his controversial appointment of Steve Bannon as chief strategist and support of the alt-right, conflicts of interest between his family and business and the presidency, and his decision to drop any further investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails — something his administration also announced Tuesday morning.

The Q&A, which concluded shortly after 2 p.m., was his most in-depth interview since being elected, as the president-elect has yet to hold the traditional news conference that usually occurs within days of winning on Election Day.

Footage on Twitter showed Trump leaving the Times lobby in Midtown to a mix of cheers and boos. A crowd had gathered in hopes of seeing him arrive, though he entered through a private entrance. The group grew larger by the time he left.

Read the live-tweets from inside the Times newsroom below, pulled in reverse chronological order.  

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