Regarding President Trump's statements that journalists have committed treason and are "enemies of the people," Sulzberger said, "That type of incendiary rhetoric isn't just divisive, it's dangerous. And not dangerous in an abstract way. We are seeing real-world consequences of the president's attacks... In countries where it's already really dangerous to be a journalist, where you don't enjoy the protection of the first amendment or the rule of law, we've seen the president's attacks on media eagerly embraced and used to justify sweeping crackdowns on the press. And those crackdowns, I don't think it's a stretch to say are leading to people to be harrassed, to be imprisoned, to be attacked, and perhaps even to be killed."

Speaking earlier this week at Brown University, Sulzberger shared the story of a New York Times reporter in Egypt, Declan Walsh, whose native country of Ireland stepped in to help when the U.S. government appeared unwilling to intervene to stop the Egyptian government from arresting Walsh.