Three people with knowledge of Mr. Trump’s initial decision to cancel the meeting said that Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, had been among those urging the president-elect to cancel it, because he would face questions he might not be prepared to answer. It was Mr. Priebus who relayed to Mr. Trump, erroneously, that The Times had changed the conditions of the meeting, believing it would result in a cancellation, these people said.
So Priebus feeds bad info to Trump knowing he'll react in the way Priebus wants him to? Am I reading that right?
Let's not gloss over the fact that Priebus undertook this apparent sleight of hand because he wasn't confident the President-elect could withstand a round with New York Times reporters.
This is going great so far.