Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he plans on holding a “news conference” on December 15 in New York to “discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” If he does take questions from reporters, it will be the first time the president-elect has held a press conference in over 125 days.
Trump will also be starting his “Thank You Tour” on Thursday with a rally in Cincinnati.
Trump’s last press conference, which you can see above in full, was held on July 27 at Trump National Doral in Doral, Florida, near Miami. He opened the Q&A session by announcing how long it had been since his rival, Hillary Clinton, held her last press conference. “So it’s been 235 days since Crooked Hillary Clinton has had a press conference, and you as reporters, who give her all of these glowing reports, should ask yourselves why,” Trump said.
The press conference was also notable because he openly asked the Russian government to find Clinton’s missing emails. He was referring to the emails Clinton’s lawyers deleted because they said they were personal.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
He continued, “They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted because you’d see some beauties there… so let’s see.”
During the campaign, the Trump team kept a close eye on Clinton’s iterations with the media, even sending out an email in August titled, “HIDING HILLARY: DAY 269.” At that point, the last time she held a press conference was in December 2015.
The media also criticized Clinton for not holding press conferences, with The Washington Post even creating a widget to track how long it had been. On November 22, the Post created a tracker for Trump and it now shows that it’s been over 125 days since that press conference in Florida.
On September 8, Clinton finally held a press conference. It only lasted 20 minutes and Clinton took just five questions, but it was still a press conference.
Clinton began holding more press conferences as the election drew closer and even took questions from the media after FBI director James Comey’s letter about investigating more emails related to her use of a private server. (The investigation was re-opened during another investigation related to Anthony Weiner‘s alleged sexting with an underage girl. Comey later said that the investigation turned up nothing to change his decision not to charge Clinton with a crime.)
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