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Why we should all care, despite our politics, that Trump cancelled his press conference




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen as former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives him his endorsement during a press conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen as former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives him his endorsement during a press conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club.
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It’s now been 35 days since Donald Trump won the election and, bolstered by yesterday’s cancellation, he’s delayed holding a press conference longer than any modern president.

Since the 1970s, presidents-elect have held a post-election press conference on average 3.4 days after being elected and never more than 9 days after.

Larry talks with presidential historian Robert Dallek about which presidents come closest to Trump’s adversarial relationship with the press and what the role of press conferences still is in the age of Twitter. Plus, we ask what you want to hear the president-elect answer.

Guest:

Robert Dallek, a presidential historian at Stanford University who has written many presidential biographies including “An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963