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Trump breaks protocol — again — on press access


    Security personnel stand at entrance of 21 Club Restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York, where President-elect Donald Trump is having dinner.

NEW YORK >> President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days, moving about the nation’s largest city without a pool of journalists on hand to ensure the public has knowledge of his whereabouts.

The president-elect spent about two hours dining with family at the 21 Club, a restaurant a few blocks from his Trump Tower residence. Journalists were only aware that Trump was leaving home when they spotted a large motorcade pulling away from the building, including an ambulance with lights flashing.

The movement was a surprise given that Trump’s campaign had already called a “lid” — a signal to journalists that he would not be venturing out in public for the rest of the day. The practice is meant to ensure that journalists are on hand to witness, on behalf of the public, the activities of the president or president-elect, rather than relying on secondhand accounts.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks issued the lid at 6:14 p.m. But just over an hour later, Trump’s motorcade left his residence. His whereabouts became clear only after a fellow diner tweeted a picture of the president-elect arriving at the restaurant.

Hicks said she was unaware that Trump planned to leave his home and had not intended to leave the press in the dark. She said the Trump team was working toward setting up a protective pool in the near future.

Every president and president-elect in recent memory has traveled with a pool of journalists when leaving the White House grounds. News organizations take turns serving in the small group, paying their way and sharing the material collected in the pool with the larger press corps.

The White House depends on having journalists nearby at all times to relay the president’s first comments on breaking news.

A pool of reporters and photographers was in the motorcade when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. The pool was just steps away from President Ronald Reagan when he was shot outside a hotel in the District of Columbia, and was stationed outside his hospital as he recovered. The pool also travels on vacation and foreign trips and at times captures personal, historic moments of the presidency.

Trump departed the 21 Club around 9:30 p.m. His daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, were seen getting into a vehicle in the motorcade.

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  • Keep the press guessing up until he’s inauguration in January. Hopefully he’ll have a solid press policy by then. I think it’s time things get shaken up a bit. We really don’t need to know everything the President does and everywhere he goes. Give the man and his family some privacy.

    • The American people need to know where trump is 24/7. He serves ALL Americans and we hold him reşponsible. We need to get all his decisions asap. He needs to be chain to the west wing. I am his boss now and I will watch him carefully. One slip. Must admit he created high paying jobs and gave that to his 3 adult kids and son in law. That leaves Baron to run the Trump empire.

      • 24/7? get a life Nana. 24/7, you sound like a stalker. Besides, I don’t remember Obozo being”chained to the Westwing”. Why should Mr. Trump? “You are his boss now”, sounds like the stench from that chicken farm out there in Nanakuli getting to your head Nana.

      • Nanakuli Boss. How does it feel being on the losing team? He who laughs last laughs best. Just a few days ago you and your cohorts were raving about how Corrupt Hilliary was going to win in a landslide. What happened? Flames. That’s what happened..

        • Nanakuli….when will you get over the LANDSLIDE LOSS you folks THOUGHT PresElect DJT was going to receive?

        • Please remember this as the stock market loses 30% of its value over the next 4 years and unemployment rises to over 10%. Can’t happen you saY? Just love the short memories of republicans who have already forgotten the disaster GW turned out to be.

        • Lespark. I am on the winning team. You voted for a loser. We will be watching him 24/7. His dealing with Putin,Duerte and maybe Kim. Still waiting for his taxes. Hiring his 4 kids. Yeah real loser. 24/7

        • NanakuliBoss says: Lespark. I am on the winning team. You voted for a loser.

          So then, Nan, winning is losing and losing is winning, eh?

          Posi-friggin-tively Orwellian.

          Press on Les. You’ve got Nan on the ropes. Indeed you seem to have /forgive the pun/ TRUMPED Nan.

      • They all do it. Remember Obama assigned 16 Czars over all the major Departments and by-passed Civil Service rules. The czars acted as minions of the President. IRS was effectively used to punish Republicans, just like Nixon did..

    • I also agree that because he hasn’t assumed the office yet he is still entitled to have some privacy with his family until he moves to The White House…the press should stop whining because he won’t play their game…..

      • “Every president and president-elect in recent memory has traveled with a pool of journalists…” It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t assumed office yet. President-elects have had the press pool. And Trump is already speaking with leaders of other countries, he’s already playing the part. This is Trump and his anti-transparency. He’s all about keeping secrets from the American public, which is why he has sued so many Americans to keep them from talking. He needs this secrecy to keep funneling taxpayer money to his companies.

        • He went to dinner with his family and didn’t want the press with him….I think this hardly this supports your theory of him keeping secrets and funneling money to his companies….however you are free to believe this if you want to……

    • Right, we just need to know what was on his tax returns. Now that he’s won, he can keep his promise to show us what a genius and great generous man he is. Yeah, right!

      • I don’t care about his tax returns or how much money he’s made. I rather see larger paychecks for everyone as a result of his tax reduction plan and a reduction in our healthcare costs.

        • When in doubt retreat to the ever-reliable, “It’s all the fault of George Bush”, eh?

          Watching you losers squirm under shimmering hot waves of massive defeat all across the fruited plain is amusement enough for the next four [possibly 8] years.

          By all means DOOOOOO carry on.

      • Can’t help but notice that the liberals in this comment section are still doing the same lame name calling, with the same lame accusations that lost them the election. They don’t learn.

        • lol, as if you on the right have ever learned anything. Say where are those WMDs? Found them yet? Your Voodoo sure didn’t keep the federal budget balanced now did it? Sad to say you on the right have long abandoned conservative principles and are little more than socialists for the rich.

        • As if we “have ever learned anything”??

          Well one thing recently learned is that you losers have positions yourselves like a row of duck pins along an ally called ‘ridicule’ and bring breathtaking new life to the sport of bowling.

  • Good. I think a lot of what the President and Federal agencies does is something I do not need to know. Neither do our enemies. It is about time the likes of CNN, FOX, and MSNBC stop actively interfering with the function of government. Because I do not remember voting for a President CNN or FOX.

    • The freedom of the press is the most important aspect of the white house. They keep the politicians on a tight line and hold them accountable like us in public. Many a politicians have resigned because of investigating reporters with damaging info. Freedom of the Press is constitutional protected. Love it or leave it,,Donald.

      • “Freedom of” what press? The MSM is nothing but the Democraoic puppeteers for the Democrapic puppets like you Nana. All we’re going to get is non-stop Trump bashing from these clowns 24/7. True comedy club goofballs.

        • Hogwash, Nan.

          The current occupant of the White House has gotten a free pass 24/7 from both the “news” media and the Gutless Obsequious Pantywaists masquerading as the party of Lincoln and who could not fight their way out of a paper bag. That is why the GOP was even more terrified than the Democrat Party at the prospect of a Trump triumph which would crack a lot of their inside the beltway establishment rice bowls.

      • The press is not free to twist the news to satisfy it’s agenda, cheat on behalf of one candidate in debates, or withhold pertinent information deemed newsworthy. Maybe if they clean up their act, they’d be welcomed to watch Donald eat his dinner.

        • vectorrrrrrrrrrr is that you….klastri…aka kauai….aka Kurt on kauai?
          Have you put your eggshell head back together again?

        • Ain’t it positively A MAZIN!

          Klastri knowing he was get his sorry [redacted] kicked the day after the election, magically disappears.

          And then VOILA at almost the same instant, Vector – – with all the arrogance and hate speech of Klastri intact – – magically APPEARS.

          What a CO INKY DINK, eh wot?

          Ain’t that First Amendment grand? Ain’t it rum? Ain’t it the very bees knees?




      • nana use your head he is not president yet until jan.20 so he can go anywhere he likes without even letting us know. you should understand that. its none of our business where he goes. or the presses.

      • The first amendment guarantees the media the right to publish whatever they wish but that does not conflate to access to any news source, especially not to POTUS who can impose any access limit he wishes.

      • There is nothing NOT FREE about not informing the press. It is their job to watch; coddling the press is not part of the president elect job description.

        Most press outlets are shills for the Democratic Party anyway.

  • They say it’s for the sake of the public, which is baloney. All the press wants at this point is to find some reason to portray Trump in a negative light. No matter what he does they will attempt to find fault with it. If someone shot Trump the press would blame him because they weren’t there to see it. The press is deplorable.

  • 80% of what the press has been reporting is garbage … gossip. Plus the press is pro Clinton and Obama and against Trump; very biased. Like to find a news outlet that’s neutral.

  • the hippocrat’s campaign used ropes to tether reporters together and away from the female felon. on sept.11 the female felon collapsed as she was lifted into her escape vehicle, without the press, and fled from the ceremony.

    the press was kept out of the loop as to where the female felon ran off to, leaving behind her glass slipper, and was not informed about her failing health.

    there was no outrage from the press when that incident played out with the female felon appearing again from bubble’s daughter’s new york apartment.

    what difference does it make, at this point in time, what difference does it make if trump does not want the gotcha press following his every move.

  • God forbid if he went to play a round of golf. Give the man a break to have dinner with his family for Christ’s sake! Nobody squaked when the Clintons ate dinner at Buzz’s Lanikai when he was POTUS without any press around.

  • Elected public officials are always in the public’s view. Nothing new. He and his family will lose their “privacy” for at least, the next 4 years. This comes with the responsibility of public service.

  • “Trump breaks protocol – Again!” Who’s “protocol?” the press corps? Sounds like be broke some kind of law instead of just ignoring what you babies want. Go cover a protest march with your extra time.

  • Considering how the press had zero nice to say about Trump, it’s no wonder….Just saying….love the references to press being in attendance at past presidential assignations as a reason.

    • Our so called “news” media having admitted they have lost any semblance of journalistic integrity by being in the tank for Felony-Shrillary, an increasing number of NORMAL people in fly over country now automatically interpret everything they print/broadcast is a pack of lies. By doubling down on Felony-Shrillary, the burden of proof about anything they disseminate is now on THEM.

      That same increasing number of NORMAL folks now better understands (and agrees with) Sarah Palin’s statement 8 years ago, to wit: “They just make stuff up.”

      This is why media revenue is falling, staffs are being cut back and the size of what used to be a newspaper has shrunk – – physically and journalistically – – to comic book dimensions.

  • Planting the seed of a dishonest and rigged press in his base provides him with a firewall should any serious issues arise against him in the future, like releasing his tax returns so the country can see if there are any serious conflicts of interest. Not releasing his tax returns until the audit is completed is ridiculous, as the IRS has no such restrictions. And since he still insists on this unsupportable position, does he realize that all he has to do is authorize the IRS to release any audit or tax return information and they would do so immediately?

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