Politics

Trump breaks protocol by going out for dinner without press in tow

Donald Trump at a campaign rally last week.
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Donald Trump at a campaign rally last week.

President-elect Donald Trump has broken with protocol by leaving his Trump Tower residence without taking along his press contingent.

The Trump transition team had informed reporters and photographers at Trump Tower that there would be no movement by the president-elect for the rest of the day and evening. Then, less than two hours later, a presidential-style motorcade left the building unannounced.

That sent the press corps scrambling to find out if Trump was indeed in the motorcade and where it was heading.

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It turns out that Trump was having dinner at the 21 Club. Reporters and photographers caught up with him at the midtown Manhattan restaurant but were not been allowed inside.

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His motorcade left the area shortly after 9: 30 p.m. Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, were spotted entering a Cadillac SUV at the back of motorcade.

A spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, confirms that Trump was having dinner with his family and she asked that the press respect that.

The motorcade of President-elect Donald Trump and security personnel are seen outside 21 Club Restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/)
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The motorcade of President-elect Donald Trump and security personnel were seen outside 21 Club Restaurant on Tuesday.