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President-elect Trump refuses to let journalists travel with him to DC

Melania Trump, and her husband President-elect Donald Trump, center, walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after a meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday in Washington.
Melania Trump, and her husband President-elect Donald Trump, center, walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after a meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday in Washington. AP

President-elect Donald Trump didn’t let journalists travel with him to cover his first meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.

Which shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as he didn’t allow them to travel with him on his plane during the presidential campaign.

But it was a break from protocol meant to ensure that the public has an eye on the nation’s leader and leader-to-be, The Associated Press reported.

That and Trump’s recent history with the press had the media buzzing about what the future holds.

AP notes that a pool of journalists has traveled with every president in recent memory. Journalists were on hand when President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, for example, and when President Reagan was shot in Washington, D.C.

Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet. His meeting with President Obama was reported by the pool of journalists who cover the president.

There’s reason for concern among journalists: Trump banned news outlets for months at a time (a la the Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban) during his campaign, and criticized and called out reporters he didn’t like.

In fact, he has made clear he doesn’t have much use for journalists: “There is nothing more corrupt than those people,” he said at a rally in Tallahassee before the election. “They are a corrupt group.”

That’s a tune he’s been singing to the choir for some time. And it has resonated:

The coming days promise to be challenging for those whose primary mission is to be the eyes and ears of the people.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

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