Dec 22, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump was persuaded to not hold year-end press conference

President Trump arrives West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Photo Carolyn Kaster / AP

President Trump wanted to talk to the press before leaving for Florida on Friday, but was persuaded not to by aides, according to a CNN report.

Why it matters: Not giving an end-of-year Press conference broke from tradition with many modern presidents. But, CNN reports that aides were weary of any questions that would detract from his signing of the new tax plan Friday morning. At the signing, while reporters were asking questions, White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly told the press that Marine One was “running out of gas," as it was waiting to take Trump to Air Force One.

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