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Unlike other ways of getting messages out, press conferences hold public officials more accountable to the American people because they have to answer questions in an uncontrolled environment.
“The public expects that a president isn’t just going to announce something [but] that he’s going to explain it and be able to answer questions about it,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, a political scientist at Towson University and director of the White House Transition Project.
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Donald J. 15 was to be the day Trump would hold his first press conference since winning the election. But it never happened, canceled before a time and place had been set. It was supposed to be about how Trump would address his potential business conflicts of interest as president. The rescheduled press conference has no such promised focus.
Already, no president elect (dating to at least Jimmy Carter) has waited longer to hold a press conference. One irony perhaps hypocrisy of Trump’s extended run without a press conference is just how critical he and his campaign were of rival Hillary Clinton’s choice to go an extended period (276 days in total) without holding one. His campaign sent out daily press releases counting the days since her last press conference, headlined, “Hiding Hillary Watch” and, at one point, Trump even tweeted about it:
I am getting great credit for my press conference today. Crooked Hillary should be admonished for not having a press conference in 179 days.
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The next day, Bush introduced his choice canada goose outlet real for secretary of state and took more questions. The day after that, he answered yet more questions during a press conference to introduce his national security adviser and White House counselors.
President elect Barack Obama followed a similar pattern, regularly fielding questions from reporters, as he made choices about who would serve in his administration. In all, Obama fielded questions from the White House press corps on 18 different occasions as president elect. George W. Bush, who had a shorter transition period, did so 11 times.
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canada goose uk shop As with so many other things, Trump is flouting this tradition. He hasn’t held a press conference since July 27, when he called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said at his resort in Doral, Fla. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” canada goose uk shop
Instead Trump has opted for rallies, press canada goose outlet toronto factory releases, photo ops, a handful of interviews and tweeting. Lots of tweeting.
On the day he announced his choice for secretary of state, Trump tweeted praise for his pick, Rex Tillerson, the canada goose clothing uk chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, but didn’t appear with him publicly. Trump did go down to the lobby of Trump Tower so he could be photographed with rapper Kanye West.
“Life,” Trump said when asked what they talked about. “We discussed life.”
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He wasn’t expecting so many newsmen to show up. But since then, it has become a tradition, a fixture of the relationship between the president, the press and, by extension, the American public.
Based on an NPR analysis of data from the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa canada goose outlet website legit Barbara over the past three administrations, the president has fielded questions from reporters on average about every 15 days.
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Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Trump’s future White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said things like the weekly radio address, or even the daily briefing by the press secretary where members of the media are allowed to question the administration on policy and topics of the day could change under Trump.
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