• Trump avoids press, heads out for dinner with family

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    NEW YORK: President-elect Donald Trump avoided reporters late Tuesday as he left Trump Tower for the first time in days to go to dinner with his family.

    A group of reporters is always present to cover the movements of the nation’s leader, or in this case, the incoming leader. The information is “pooled,” and shared with other media members that belong to the group.

    Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told reporters at Trump Towers, where the president-elect lives and has his company headquarters, around 6:15 pm (2315 GMT) that there would be no more news for the evening.

    More than an hour later a large motorcade, including an ambulance, left Trump Tower. Hicks did not immediately respond when asked if the president-elect had left the skyscraper.

    Soon after Bloomberg News reporter Taylor Riggs, who was dining at the nearby 21 Club restaurant, saw Trump come in with members of his transition team and tweeted a photo.

    The president-elect received a standing ovation at the restaurant, Riggs wrote in the caption of a picture posted on Twitter.

    The Trump entourage included his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, and sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, NBC reported.

    Hicks later confirmed that Trump was having dinner with his family at the restaurant.

    “I wasn’t aware of this movement,” Hicks told reporters, insisting that she would never do anything to “leave the press in the dark.”

    Hicks said that once a pool of reporters is selected to travel with Trump, then they will have “all of the access that they have ever had under any president.”

    Trump, who spent about two hours at the restaurant, has long expressed disdain for the news media, and the incident is likely to further sour this relationship.

    The president-elect also took to Twitter to deny reports of turmoil in his efforts to build a new cabinet.

    “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!” he tweeted.

    Trump credited his use of Twitter and other social media with helping him win the election, calling it a “great form of communication” in an interview Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

    Trump has yet to hold a press conference since winning the November 8 election. AFP

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    1. Joshua Schneider on

      I find the first two sentences of your article interesting for what they both say and imply.

      Is its the presses God given right to always be involved with a President Elect, even after the brutal “reporting” he took prior to the election, wanting to spend “press free” time with whom ever he chooses?
      Add to this the word avoid, a interesting word. This is from:
      http://www.thefreedictionary.com/avoid
      I kind of like the following description.
      [Middle English avoiden, from Anglo-Norman avoider, to empty out, variant of Old French esvuidier : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + vuidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).

      After the presses abject performance of duty to properly report the extent of Obama’s and Hillary s misuse and criminal subjugation of the rule of law as it was happening, the world avoider, to empty out, just seems to fit so many of the minds of the press.

      I like the word avoid. It just puts into such good perspective the current crop of liberal (as in schooled at the George Soros liberal schools of thought that had been funded ($48,000,000.00 as of 2010) it just lets American journalists feel good at night for their righteous indignation at such a person as Trump avoiding such asses as themselves. God forbid that they should have reported on Hillary not having a press conference in almost a year.

      As always, tongue in cheek. The American press could learn a lot from reading the Manila Times, but do they really want to ????