Going back at least to 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected, no president-elect has waited so long after the election was decided to speak to reporters. Most did it within the first three days. Trump was elected 10 days ago.
Aides say the public will not have to wait much longer.
“I’m sure he will do one very soon,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNNMoney in an email. “Obviously it would be good to have some news to share as most of the questions will be speculative regarding cabinet appointments, etc., but we look forward to having a news conference in the near future.”
But he has not held a news conference to field questions from other reporters, who would almost certainly ask about reports of a rocky transition, Cabinet appointees and the many potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump’s business interests around the world.
The president-elect plans to travel to Bedminster, New Jersey, where he owns a golf club, on Friday and spend the weekend there, a spokesman said.
In the week and a half since he defeated Hillary Clinton, Trump has shown a willingness to ignore political norms.
He has twice traveled without the journalists assigned to cover him. The so-called press pool serves as the public’s eyes on the president, monitoring his movements and whereabouts.
On Tuesday evening, after Hicks told the journalists there would be no further news or travel for the day, Trump took his family out to eat. Reporters only learned about it when a financial journalist who happened to be in the restaurant tweeted a picture.
The White House Correspondents Association called the evasion “unacceptable.”
In 2012, Obama, who was already in office, gave a news conference eight days after his re-election. And in 1992, President-elect Bill Clinton waited nine days to take questions from reporters. Most presidents-elect in recent history have done so sooner.
In 2008, the newly elected Obama called a press conference three days after the election and vowed to “confront this economic crisis head on.”
In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush took questions three days after the Supreme Court decided Bush vs. Gore.
Here are the dates for post-election news conferences in recent history, compiled from news accounts and transcripts posted by the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara:
2012: Barack Obama, November 14, eight days after the election
2008: Obama, November 7, three days after the election
2004: George W. Bush, November 4, two days after the election
2000: Bush, December 15, three days after Supreme Court ended the race
1996: Bill Clinton, November 8, three days after the election
1992: Clinton, November 12, nine days after the election
1988: George H.W. Bush, November 9, one day after the election
1984: Ronald Reagan, November 7, one day after the election
1980: Reagan, November 6, two days after the election
1976: Jimmy Carter, November 4, two days after the election