It is, perhaps, the insult that resonates with President-elect Donald Trump like no other. Of the thousands upon thousands of derogatory remarks hurled his way over the years, the nickname given to him in the pages of the now-defunct satirical magazine Spy — “short-fingered vulgarian” — appears to have gnawed at him ever since it was published in 1988.
But now, in what can only be considered to be the unlikeliest of meetings, Donald Trump is going to sit down with one of the men who coined that moniker, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.
Politico reports that Trump will visit the offices of Conde Nast on Friday for an off-the-record with the publisher’s editorial leadership. Carter will be present for the meeting. As will Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue — which endorsed a Presidential candidate for the first time in its history in 2016 when it backed Hillary Clinton. Wintour has already met with Trump since the election, having visited Trump Tower on Dec. 13.
Vanity Fair was in the President-elect’s crosshairs just a few weeks ago, when it published a review of the Trump Grill, the restaurant inside Trump Tower. The review panned the eatery, calling it “the worst restaurant in America.”
That review set off a back-and-forth between Trump and the Vanity Fair Twitter account.
Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
Vanity Fair: way up, big success, alive! Subscribe today! https://t.co/OR81gIv44s
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 15, 2016
But several weeks after that social media skirmish, the President-elect is now apparently willing to visit the magazine’s headquarters, and sit down with the man who famously called him a “short-fingered vulgarian” all those years ago.
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