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November 21, 2017

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The streets around Trump Tower in New York City have become bedlam. And holding ten meetings a day with high-profile people who arrive in motorcades is totally screwing up traffic. Security is insane. So President-Elect Trump moved his meetings out to Trump International Resort in New Jersey. Mayor de Blasio should have given him a gold medal for that.

The media have been going ape over access, so Trump let them set up reporters and cameras outside the clubhouse front door. He could have told them to camp out at the front gate, because it's a private club, but no, he's trying to play nice. When an important guest arrives, he greets them at the front step. When they depart, he walks them to the door and waves to the cameras. This is historically transparent. As the New York Times noted, "Officials running President Obama’s transition in late 2008 took pains to keep under wraps his plans to select Hillary Clinton for secretary of state, and they orchestrated a secret meeting at the firehouse at Reagan National Airport to discuss keeping Robert M. Gates as defense secretary."

So the NY Times is celebrating Trump's remarkable openness, right? He's showing the media some love! Well, here's their headline: "Trump Turns Staid Process Into Spectacle as Aspirants Parade to His Door."

They just can't help themselves.