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Trump tells reporters 'of course' he disavows and condemns white nationalists

After initially canceling his meeting with the New York Times and calling their coverage of his presidential campaign "nasty," President-elect Donald Trump changed his mind and met with journalists in the Times newsroom Tuesday afternoon.

Among other things, Trump told reporters he would "keep an open mind"  about whether the United States will pull out of a multinational agreement on climate change, and said "of course" he disavows and condemns white nationalists who met in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.

"It's not a group I want to energize," Trump told reporters, denying they were energized by his presidential campaign. "And if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why."

Here is a recap of the meeting, which was covered live by Times journalists:

Trump had claimed he canceled the meeting after representatives at the Times changed the term of the meeting, which the newspaper denied:

The meeting took place a day after Trump sidestepped traditional media outlets and went on YouTube to offer updates on his transition and outline his agenda for his first 100 days in office.

The transition is going "very smoothly, efficiently and effectively," Trump said in a two-and-a-half minute video. Trump said he's working hard on behalf of everyone, emphasizing, "and I mean everyone."

The president-elect outlined six calls of action his administration plans to take "on day one."  Those include pulling out of the trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, curbing energy restrictions on shale and clean coal, making it harder to enact new regulations and developing a plan to protect against cyber attacks.

Some of his ideas could fail to gain support from Republicans. Trump renewed a call to impose a five year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave office.  He wants a lifetime ban on executive office officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

Trump also said he would call on the Department of Labor to investigate abuses of VISA abuses.  He steered clear of any mention of building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, developing a Muslim registry, and cutting off work permits for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The president-elect also avoided any mention of the Affordable Care Act, which he has repeadely claimed he'd repeal on his first day in office. On Sunday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the Trump administration plans to work on repealing President Obama's signature health care law "out of the gate."

"He has said this about himself, that he knows how to be really boring when he wants to be," Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary under George W. Bush, told the New York Times of Trump's YouTube speech. "He's so self-aware about the fact that there are these two Trumps, and we're seeing more of the other one since he won."