He said of his critics, "If it were up to some people, I would never, ever see my daughter Ivanka again" to avoid any business-presidential conflict.
President-elect Donald Trump may be visiting with The New York Times after all.
Trump said he wanted to see Clinton investigated not as a political opponent but because she has blatantly violated US espionage laws, mishandled top-secret information, destroyed government files and obstructed justice with her handling of classified information on a private server in her home while she was in office.
On a day of dramatic developments that saw Trump scrapped a scheduled meeting with the influential U.S. newspaper but within hours reversed his decision and rescheduled it, after chastising the "failing" daily for changing the terms and conditions of the interview and for being "not nice" to him. "I will says (coverage by) the Times is the roughest of all". "I think there is some connectivity", he said.
But before long, both sides said the meeting was back on Tuesday. "I wouldn't even think about hiring him".
He tells The New York Times on Tuesday that "the president can't have a conflict of interest", but he's in the process of handing over his business to his children, anyway.
A September editorial of New York Times had dubbed Trump's campaign as "marked by bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims".
President-elect Donald Trump appears to be softening his tone on whether climate change is real and on his stated plans to scrap the recent multinational agreement to limit carbon emissions.
He tells The New York Times that prosecuting the Clintons "would be very, very divisive for the country".
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Williams also said Trump had made clear he wanted his rival-turned-adviser in some role. Most notable, Trump spoke about his meeting with Obama shortly after the election. Naturally, with Trump, it all began with a barrage of Tweets.
Even the left-leaning PolitiFact website confirmed 33,000 emails were deleted from Clinton's unsecure private server three weeks after she received a congressional subpoena - an act that normally would result in a contempt-of-Congress charge.
His interview comments on a possible prosecution of his former foe Clinton stood in stark contrast to his incendiary rhetoric throughout the campaign, during which he accused her breaking laws with her email practices and angrily barked at her that "you'd be in jail" if he were president.
The off-again, on-again Times meeting came as questions swirled about how forthright Trump will be with the media and, by extension, his soon-to-be constituents.
She said Trump's aides asked for a private meeting only, with nothing on the record, after having agreed to a meeting that would consist of a small off-the-record session and a larger on-the-record one with reporters and columnists.
Eileen M. Murphy, the newspaper's senior vice president for communications, said the paper "did not change the ground rules at all".