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Trump Ditches Press Pool to Go out to Dinner

Donald Trump ditched a press pool at Trump Tower on Tuesday in order to make it to dinner on time.

The Hill reports:

The president-elect reportedly received a standing ovation and cheers upon arriving at 21 Club, a New York City restaurant, an hour after his spokeswoman had called a “lid,” signaling to the reporters following him that he was in for the night.

Spokeswoman Hope Hicks said she “wasn’t aware of this movement,” adding she wouldn’t do anything to “leave the press in the dark.”

Hicks added the president-elect’s protective pool hasn’t yet been set up, but once it is, reporters will have “all of the access that they have ever had under any president.”

After reporters arrived at the restaurant, police let those with New York City press passes stand outside, while others were told to move down the block.

Several reporters criticized Trump for leaving without notifying his press pool.

Hicks told Politico last week the president-elect planned to implement a traditional press pool in his White House.

“We fully expect to operate a traditional pool and look forward to implementing our plans in the near future,” campaign press secretary Hope Hicks said. “We appreciate your patience as we navigate the transition process.

But reporters have been frustrated by Trump’s disregard for the usual press procedures for an incoming president, worries exacerbated by his harsh rhetoric toward the media, sometimes directed at specific reporters, during his campaign.

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