Donald Trump’s spokesperson Hope Hicks confirmed he was at the restaurant but said she “wasn’t aware of this movement.” Getty Images
Politico reports that Trump ditched the pool of reporters covering him, to go grab a steak and be left alone. (Hint: presidents cannot be left alone in public for national security reasons). Here is their report:
Donald Trump ditched reporters on Tuesday night and went to a restaurant with his family, according to pool reports.
The president-elect ducked out of Trump Tower without the group of reporters who have been following his transition meetings since he was elected last week. He was spotted at the 21 Club on West 52nd Street in New York, where the block was shut down and only a small group of reporters was allowed to stand outside the restaurant.
Trump’s spokesperson Hope Hicks confirmed he was at the former Prohibition-era speakeasy, but said she “wasn’t aware of this movement” and she would never do anything to “leave the press in the dark.”
Later reports said reporters who did not have a New York City press pass were no longer allowed to stand on the street outside the restaurant.
Hicks assured the press that once a so-called protective pool has been set up for Trump, reporters will have “all of the access that they have ever had under any president.”