Donald Trump's media cocktail party: Reporters the president-elect avoids and hates go to his Mar-a-Largo soiree

The president-elect has not had a press conference since July but he has had two off-the-record sessions with press

Published December 19, 2016 2:12PM (EST)

 (Twitter/Mike Allen)
(Twitter/Mike Allen)

President-elect Donald Trump wine and dined his press pool on Sunday in an off-the-record conversation at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. The get-together was described as a holiday cocktail party, but no one can accuse Trump of trying to curry favor from his chroniclers. The reception failed to live up to the former real estate mogul's extravagant lifestyle, as the food offerings featured cold cuts and Lays potato chips.

The topics of conversation during the 30-minute meeting were not disclosed, but future first lady Melania Trump was present, along with chief of staff Reince Priebus and advisers Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller and Jason Miller.

The party drew ire partly because Trump has not had a press conference since July. When President Barack Obama was making the transition to the Oval Office in 2008, he fielded questions from the White House press corps on 18 different occasions. During the current transition, Trump has only had one on-the-record session with The New York Times, and now two off-the-record meetings with the media.

Members of Trump's press pool did not escape ridicule, either. Social media was quick to criticize the reporters, who appeared to be normalizing Trump and kowtowing to his communications team.

By Taylor Link

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