‘It was like a f-ing firing squad!’ Trump’s media summit with networks reported as an epic smackdown

On Monday, several media bigwigs gathered at Trump Tower for an off-the-record sitdown with the president-elect.

According to sources who spoke to the New York Post, they thought they were going to discuss media access to the upcoming Trump administration, but what they got instead was a Trump-style smackdown of epic proportions.

So epic, in fact, that one source told the New York Post, “It was like a f–ing firing squad.”

But, Trump’s spokespeople dispute the characterization.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,'” the source continued. “The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down.”

A second source told the Post, “The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks. Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars.”

“Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room,” the second source continued.

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According to the Post, the reporters could barely get a word in to discuss their original agenda.

“[CBS Good Morning co-host Gayle] King did not stand up, but asked some question, ‘How do you propose we the media work with you?’ Chuck Todd asked some pretty pointed questions. David Muir asked ‘How are you going to cope living in DC while your family is in NYC? It was a horrible meeting.”

Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway put a different face on the meeting, telling reporters, “Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks. Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.”

Conway told Megyn Kelly Monday night that the meeting “was not about settling scores and avenging grievances.” Instead, according to Conway, it was about the fact that Donald Trump essentially “got it right” and now “everyone has to work together.”

Included among the attendees, according to the Post, were ABC’s James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz, NBC’s Deborah Turness, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and King, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.

On Tuesday, Trump is also set to meet with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

If Monday’s fireworks are any indication, Sulzberger had better hold onto his hat!

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