Once again, Donald Trump showed his disdain for the media on Tuesday when he abandoned his press pool to escape to the 21 Club, a famous steakhouse in New York City.
The Trump team had originally alerted the press that there would be no more activity by the president-elect for the remainder of the night – then Trump quietly left his penthouse to get himself a steak dinner, likely cooked well-done.
President Elect Donald Trump has ditched the press pool and is at a Steakhouse in New York pic.twitter.com/p8ozQHNy2h
— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) November 16, 2016
The protective press pool that Trump ditched is meant to ensure that the American people know exactly what their president or president-elect is doing as the leader of the free world. After all, citizens deserve to know where their president is, regardless of whether or not he likes it, and it’s a norm that has been upheld for decades.
If Trump’s abandonment of this tradition continues into his presidency, then he may end up being one of the least accessible commanders-in-chief in modern history. That doesn’t bode well given the fact that a free press is more vital under a Trump administration than it ever will be.
According to the Daily Mail, the president-elect’s spokesperson, Hope Hicks, told reporters that this was not how things would be handled after Trump is sworn in – she promises.
Hopefully, the media will hold her and her boss accountable, if the incoming administration even allows them to do their job.