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Trump meets with US top network executives and anchors

Trump meets with US top network executives and anchorsUS President-elect Donald Trump has met with executives and anchors from the country's five biggest television networks at Trump Tower on Monday afternoon, CNN.

During the hour-long meeting off the record, Trump vented about media coverage, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The meeting with media representatives provided that the participants agreed not to talk about the substance of the conversations.

However, it is reported Trump was highly critical of CNN and other news organizations.

But while Trump showed disdain for the news media, he also answered questions; listened to the journalists' arguments about the importance of access; and committed to making improvements.

A source in the room told CNNMoney that there was "real progress" made with regards to media access to Trump and his administration.

One specific topic was the importance of the "press pool," a small group of journalists that traditionally travels with the president.

But Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who arranged the meeting, said afterward that it was "very cordial, candid and honest."

While there was "no need to mend fences," she said, "from my own perspective, it is great to hit the reset button, it was a long, hard-fought campaign."

Some of the attendees were struck by Trump's anti-media posture. During the meeting, Trump revived some of the specific arguments he made weeks before winning the presidency.

According to Politico, among Trump's complaints, even as he asked for a "cordial" relationship, was that NBC had used unflattering pictures of him.
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