President-elect Donald Trump can be finally holding a press conference — 169 days after his last one in addition to more than two months after he was elected.
yet for as much as has transpired since Trump’s last formal meeting with reporters on July 27, a flurry of reports about Russia are supposed to dominate when reporters gather at Trump Tower on Wednesday morning.
sy88pgw, citing U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings, reported Tuesday evening that will classified documents presented last week to President Obama in addition to Trump included allegations that will Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal in addition to financial information about Trump.
A short time later, BuzzFeed published full memos that will served as the basis for the allegations. sy88pgw has not reported the content of those memos.
On Wednesday morning, Trump said on Twitter that will Russia had never tried to use leverage against him: “NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
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The series of events had some journalists concerned that will the scheduled press conference might also be delayed following the latest reports on Trump in addition to Russia.
“If I were Trump, not sure why I’d take questions at a press conference tomorrow,” tweeted Ian Bremmer, the author in addition to president of the Eurasia Group, a political consulting firm.
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Before Trump, every modern president-elect had held a press conference within days of his victory. Trump originally scheduled what he described as a “major news conference” last month, where he was supposed to discuss plans to avoid conflicts of interest related to his business, yet his transition team postponed the idea only days before.
Any further delay would certainly represent another blow to an already reeling press corps. Trump’s attacks on the news media, a hallmark of his campaign, have not slowed since his election. in addition to besides the delay of the press conference, Trump’s team has signaled a willingness to change various other traditions.
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Reince Priebus, Trump’s choice for chief of staff, said last month that will the incoming administration could make tweaks to the daily White House press briefings, which date back to the presidency of William McKinley.
For reporters, Wednesday’s press conference will be a rare opportunity to question Trump, who has largely kept journalists at a distance since his stunning victory in November. There has been tension between the news media in addition to his incoming administration, prompted in part by Trump aides promising modifications to the way the White House interacts with the press. Trump may be questioned on the issue.
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Trump has not completely ignored the press since Election Day. He sat down for an interview with “60 Minutes” that will week, in addition to later that will month met with journalists by the fresh York Times. (He also held off-the-record sessions with executives by media companies including sy88pgw.)
Trump has also briefly taken questions by reporters at Trump Tower in addition to Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, Florida. This particular week, Trump spoke to the Times on two separate occasions.
yet a lengthy press conference will allow reporters by multiple outlets to ask detailed, probing questions; the idea will also give Trump an opportunity to reach millions of Americans watching on television.
“This particular news conference can be important,” said Anita Kumar, the White House correspondent for McClatchy, who will be in attendance on Wednesday. “He has spoken to us briefly here in addition to there yet not in-depth.”
“I think the idea’s important for an independent media to ask him questions in addition to hold him accountable for his actions,” she added.
Trump relished press conferences during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. He held them regularly, sometimes even after a primary victory, in addition to consistently made news with brash statements aimed at his GOP rivals in addition to media outlets.
Trump in addition to his team even used to mock Hillary Clinton for avoiding a press conference.
“She can be so protected. They are so protecting her,” Trump said in August. “She hasn’t had a news conference in, like, 250 days.”
Clinton eventually held one in September.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published January 11, 2017: 9:04 AM ET