when he came to the Times for an interview right after he was elected, and since
then I’ve had occasional calls from the
press secretary, Sarah Sanders, complaining about various aspects of coverage.
But I used to get those kinds of calls from
the Obama people, too. It’s really Trump
with his megaphone that is the di;erence, saying ‘the failing New York Times.’
We know it is good politics for him, we
know that it makes him feel good, and we
also know that he really pays attention to
the paper and wants approval from the
Times. He is the most combative president against the press that I have ever
seen, and we worry when he calls us the
enemy of the people. ;e concern is that
somebody is going to get hurt. I do worry
about that. ;at feels very di;erent.
Different in what way?
Well, without going into details, we’ve
increased security in the bureau. And
reporters have felt uneasy at some of
these rallies. Trump has just been so
aggressive rhetorically, there is a concern that someone is going to act on it.
Have you ever gotten a hate commu-
nication or feared for your safety?
I’ve gotten a lot of hate mail over the years,
especially when I was covering the White
House, less so now because my byline is
not out there. Some of it was unnerving,
but I’ve never gotten a really ugly threat
and I’ve never feared for my safety.
That hasn’t changed during the Trump
It’s certainly changed for some of
the high-profile reporters in the
o;ce, but it hasn’t changed for me.
How has the makeup of the bureau
;e bureau is almost 50 percent women,
which is a big change from when I was
first starting. We still need to be more
diverse, but we are getting there. And
it’s a lot younger, many more people
in their 30s and 40s now, and we have
some people in their 20s. And they are
more digitally focused. But everybody