Tuesday night, Donald Trump ditch his press pool, and went out to dinner with his transition team and some of his family. This is unprecedented, and not okay.
The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media.
The press eventually learned about his whereabouts after a Bloomberg reporter, who happened to be dining at the 21 Club, tweeted a photo of Trump and some of his transition team in the Midtown steakhouse.
— Taylor Riggs (@RiggsReport) November 16, 2016
Wife Melania, daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump were all at the restaurant.
With his actions Tuesday night, the Trump Administration is shaping up to be the least accessible to the public and the press in modern history.
A week after the election, Trump still hasn’t held a press conference, the longest any recent president has waited to speak to the press. That continues a weeks-long drought that’s been going on since mid-summer, when Trump last answered questions from the press.
From NBC News:
Trump has also refused to travel with the press corps since the election, a continuation of his campaign practice of flying in a separate plane from the media that covered him.
The media covering the president-elect have also not yet been offered briefings on his transition efforts, which was a typical practice for past presidents that allowed the public to keep apprised of the details of the new government.
And until recently, Trump’s staff weren’t releasing readouts of his calls with foreign leaders, leaving the press — and the public — to receive their guidance from foreign governments.