The press pool is freaking out about President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to go to a steak dinner with his family Tuesday night, and the internet just won’t stop talking about it.
How will we know what sides he had? Au gratin potatoes or grilled asparagus? Maybe we’re not a democracy after all. https://t.co/XQQlTQm5WG
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) November 16, 2016
Another user posted a photoshopped picture of Trump eating Harambe, the gorilla that was put down by Zoo officials shortly after a child fell into his habitat, in an effort to poke fun at the press outrage.
— RodfromCranston (@RodfromCranston) November 16, 2016
Other Twitter users were quick to defend the President-elect, saying that the decision to ditch the press pool was a “good choice.”
@NoahPollak Maybe the small fly on the wall will tell us; the same who leaked 2 press about security clearance & problems in transition team
— Lillian H. Mueller (@lill_the_swiss) November 16, 2016
Another Twitter user asserted that the election was meant as a referendum on the press, and that this sort of behavior was called on.
— roger_shrubber (@roger_shrubber) November 16, 2016
Another Twitter user tweeted a picture of a bib, and instructed Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason to use it instead of complaining.
— SNARK-enfreude (@Fritzz2009) November 16, 2016
Other users asserted that the Trump White House will lie to the press, and faulted the press corps for not understanding that.
— Rob Schenck (@Schenck) November 16, 2016
“It is unacceptable for the next president of the United States to travel without a regular pool to record his movements and inform the public about his whereabouts,” Mason wrote.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to hear reassurances by the Trump transition team that it will respect long-held traditions of press access at the White House and support a pool structure. But the time to act on that promise is now. Pool reporters are in place in New York to cover the president-elect as he assembles his new administration. It is critical that they be allowed to do their jobs.
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