“The White House has been in touch with the Trump team about this but apparently has not gotten a lot of communication back,” Mason wrote. “If Trump advisers are telling their poolers there will be no coverage, that is not correct. The transition pool is invited to cover the meeting at 11:30 in the Oval Office with the White House pool.”
That's nice for now, but beginning Jan. 20, when Trump is sworn in, the real estate mogul will wield full control over media access.
After meeting with Obama and lunching with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump ditched the media again. This was the transition pool report from Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere shortly after 6 p.m.:
[Trump spokeswoman] Hope Hicks has not responded to any additional emails with questions about the president-elect's status, schedule or whereabouts since changing course and saying he was headed back to New York.If there is any other information that comes in, I will send it immediately, but otherwise I won't have any further pool reports today.Thanks to you all for bearing with my failed attempts to get more out of the transition today.
Trump has offered no assurances that he will be more accommodating than he was on the campaign trail, when he prevented reporters from traveling with him on the same plane. And his first trip to the White House as president-elect doesn't inspire much confidence.