23 October 2017

New date for Trump`s press conference

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Presidents-elect normally answer questions at a press conference a few days after the election. But Donald Trump has gone almost two months without holding one. reports, now there's a date for a potential press conference: Jan. 11.

After he was elected on Nov. 8, Trump broke with tradition and chose not to meet the press corps for a Q&A session. He has communicated with the public through tweets, rallies and a small number of interviews.
At the end of November, Trump said he would hold a "major news conference" in mid-December to discuss the future of his businesses. But on Dec. 12, he postponed it.

He tweeted, "I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times!"

Some journalists who cover Trump have expressed doubts that the president-elect will hold a press conference at all.

If press conferences are a show of respect for the press corps, Trump's choice is a sign of disrespect -- a continuation of an anti-media campaign that worked well for him before election day.
But the televised events are also efficient ways to reach big audiences. Presidential press conferences are normally seen by tens of millions of Americans.

So there are clear upsides for Trump as well as the reporters who have notebooks full of questions for him.

2017.01.03 / 21:14
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