Donald Trump to Meet With Graydon Carter, Top Conde Nast Editors
The Friday session is off-the-record and was originally offered to the mogul during the presidential campaign.
Donald Trump is taking his fascination with the media to the New York headquarters of glossy magazine giant Conde Nast.
The mogul is set to meet with Graydon Carter and other top editors at Conde Nast on Friday, a source close to the president-elect confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The magazine's execs had requested the meeting.
Politico first reported news of the meeting. The session is off-the-record, a Conde Nast rep said. The invitation was made to Trump as well as Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.
Trump himself confirmed the meeting Friday morning, saying the request came directly from the Vogue editor-in-chief. "Anna Wintour came to my office at Trump Tower to ask me to meet with the editors of Conde Nast & Steven Newhouse, a friend. Will go this AM," he wrote on Twitter.
The Conde Nast news magazines — Vanity Fair and The New Yorker especially — have perennially needled Trump, in both humorous and substantive ways, since his arrival as a New York tabloid fixture decades ago. New Yorker editor David Remnick's essay "An American Tragedy," published the night of the election, was an early rallying cry against the "normalization" of the Trump presidency.
Recently, the president-elect's Twitter broadside against Vanity Fair resulted in an uptick in subscriptions for the title, Conde Nast said, and the magazine even added the insulting tweet to its February 2017 cover.
Carter, whose feud with the president-elect dates back to the 1980s when his Spy magazine referred to Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian," offered to skip the Trump meeting but Wintour insisted. "It wouldn’t be my first choice to spend a Friday morning in a group like that,” Carter told Politico. “I went to Anna Wintour and I said, ‘listen, I don’t want to make him feel uncomfortable.’”
He added about his expectations, “I don’t think [Trump]'s going to say anything new here that he hasn’t said before. If I was advising him, I’d say to ignore me completely.”
This is only the latest of Trump's victory tour of media outlets after his stunning election win. The real estate mogul met with The New York Times' top editors and its publisher for both on-the-record and off-the-record meetings on Nov. 22. And a day earlier, he met with cable and broadcast news executives from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and more.
Jan. 6, 9:45 a.m. ET: Updated with Trump tweet, Carter interview.