Donald Trump hasn’t even taken office yet, and the media is already going wild over his administration’s “lack of transparency.”
What crime did the president-elect commit? He ate dinner without notifying the media first. Yes — really.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) November 16, 2016
Here’s a quote from NBC News‘ completely serious reporting on the matter: In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying the reporters covering him or giving any indication of where he was going.
This is CNN… pic.twitter.com/sjEgvi6zjZ
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) November 16, 2016
The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media.
The only way the press eventually ascertained his whereabouts was after a Bloomberg reporter, who happened to be dining at the 21 Club, tweeted a photo of Trump and some of his transition team in the Midtown steakhouse.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks later told NBC News. “He is having dinner with his family.” Wife Melania, daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump were all at the restaurant.
NBC’s headline for the story says it all:
As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency
Well, thank God they were still able to get to the bottom of things and figure out Trump was eating dinner.
Hey NBC, speaking of transparency, what do you think of the fact that the Obama administration is objectively the least transparent in history, withholding a record number of Freedom of Information Act requests? Was Hillary deleting 30,000+ of her emails in the wake of an FBI investigation a sign of transparency?
The world isn’t over. The man was eating dinner.
Sources tell me the next meal he has planned is breakfast.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]