Jan. 11 Marks Milestone for Trump

He's set to hold his first presser in months, though reportedly only if lawyers say it's OK
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2017 8:33 AM CST
In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Mark your calendars for Jan. 11, for that's the day President-elect Donald Trump is planning to do something he hasn't done for months: hold a press conference. "I know that's the current plan," adviser Kellyanne Conway told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night, per CNNMoney. Conway threw the Jan. 11 date out when Cooper pushed her on the presser issue, though she hedged a bit by saying it's contingent on whether "the lawyers and the compliance officers feel like we're ready."

Although presidents-elect typically hold some sort of news gathering after being elected, Trump has instead relied on Twitter and rallies, as well as sporadically answering questions during informal interviews. Per CNN, Trump last held a "full-fledged" presser on July 27, or 160 days ago—meaning he's inching up on the 179 days without a press conference he blasted Hillary Clinton for in a May tweet. He was supposed to hold one in mid-December, but backed out at the last minute, citing the complexity of distancing himself from his many businesses. CNN notes some reporters "have expressed doubts that the president-elect will hold a press conference at all." (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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