President Trump appeared to be surprised that it wasn’t typical for newspapers to have armed guards outside of their offices, the New York Times publisher Arthur Gregg Sulzberger claimed.
In a phone interview with the Times’ Mark Landler following Trump’s revelation that he met with Sulzberger earlier this month, Sulzberger recalled telling Trump that newspapers had begun to post armed guards outside of their offices in response to a rise in threats.
Trump appeared surprised that this was not already commonplace, Sulzberger said.
In a public statement Sunday, Sulzberger said he met with Trump at the White House determined to discuss how his anti-press rhetoric is “increasingly dangerous,” touching on how the phrase “fake news” is “untrue and harmful” and warning Trump that labeling journalists “the enemy of the people” was even worse.
“I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence,” he said in a statement Sunday.
The meeting came nearly a month after a shooter killed five journalists from the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.