Donald Trump Is Still Breaking an Unwritten Presidential Rule

December 4th 2016

Willie Burnley Jr.

President-elect Donald Trump has not held a press conference in 130 days.

The lack of formal press encounters is unusual for a president-elect, one of many things unusual about Trump's post-election behavior.

It is typical for presidents-elect to have held multiple press conferences by this point, ATTN: has reported.

In their absence, the press and public have had to speculate on Trump's intentions, based on the nominees he's considered for cabinet positions.

Press conferences are traditionally one of the ways that politicians, presidential candidates, and presidents lay out their vision for their constituents and maintain transparency.

For an incoming president, these meetings with journalists allow the general public to have a better sense of where the country is heading, how that individual feels on a range of geopolitical topics, and to see how that person does when they are challenged publicly in the name of accountability.

But Trump has gone longer than any other president-elect in modern history without a press conference.

This isn't to say that Trump hasn't spoken to the press for half a year.

Weeks after his electoral victory, Trump sat down with a number of reporters, editors, and journalists from The New York Times to answer questions.

This was in addition to an interview he'd done previously with CBS' "60 Minutes."

In what may have been an attempt at transparency, Trump released a video detailing his aspirations for his first 100 days in office.

Trump's avoidance of press conferences on the campaign trail was unusual, although not unprecedented.

Trump has previously expressed disdain for the press, going so far as to threaten to "open up" libel laws to use against them.

It's probable that Trump will have to engage with the press eventually if he hopes to advance his agenda going forward.