Trump bucks pro­to­col on press ac­cess

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): PRES­I­DENT-ELECT DON­ALD Trump yes­ter­day re­fused to let a group of jour­nal­ists travel with him to cover his his­toric first meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, break­ing a long-stand­ing prac­tice in­tended to en­sure the pub­lic has a watch­ful eye on the na­tion’s leader.

Trump flew from New York to Wash­ing­ton on his pri­vate jet with­out that “pool” of re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers and tele­vi­sion cam­eras that have trav­eled with pres­i­dents and pres­i­dents-elect.

Trump’s flout­ing of press ac­cess was one of his first pub­lic de­ci­sions since his elec­tion on Tues­day.

His meet­ing with Obama yes­ter­day was recorded by the pool of White House re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers and TV cam­eras who cover the pres­i­dent.

IG­NORED RE­QUESTS

News or­gan­i­sa­tions had for weeks tried to co­or­di­nate a pool of jour­nal­ists who could be­gin to travel with Trump im­me­di­ately af­ter elec­tion day if he won the elec­tion. But his cam­paign did not co­op­er­ate with those re­quests and his se­nior ad­vis­ers re­fused on Wed­nes­day, the day af­ter the elec­tion, to dis­cuss any such press ar­range­ments.

Trump also broke from tra­di­tion as a can­di­date, re­fus­ing to al­low a pool of cam­paign re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers or cam­eras to fly on his plane as he trav­eled to events.

Ev­ery pres­i­dent in re­cent mem­ory has trav­eled with a pool of jour­nal­ists when they leave the White House grounds. 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

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