President-elect Donald Trump has canceled his first press conference since winning the election as calls grow for a bipartisan investigation into whether or not the Russian government interfered in the 2016 contest.
President-elect Donald Trump is postponing until next month a previously announced news conference to outline how he’ll handle his far-flung business operations while in the White House, according to senior Trump transition officials.
Trump had planned to make the announcement Dec. 15 but wants more time because he’s been occupied with filling out his cabinet and top administration posts, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. He’s preparing to reveal his choice for secretary of state as soon as Tuesday, they said.
The cabinet appointments are a flimsy excuse to cover-up the fact that his advisors don’t want Trump to take questions from reporters before the Electoral College votes next week. Trump is the first president-elect since 1976 not to hold a press conference. Trump last held a press conference on July 27, 2016, which was the same event where he called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and release her emails.
Trump tried to cancel on The New York Times after they held him to his agreed to on-the-record session. Trump has avoided taking any questions from the political press in a news conference setting for nearly seven months.
It is not a surprise that Trump would cancel the press conference that he scheduled so he could announce how he will be separating himself from his business interests as president. The Trump team can’t risk putting him in front a live mic to take questions from reporters about the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election.
By laying low, Trump is hoping to not give Electoral College electors any more reason to break away and reject him.
Donald Trump has been in hiding from the press since July, and with a scandal breathing down his neck, the always available Trump has gone invisible.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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