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Trump is in an unprecedented streak of silence

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump has not answered a single question from the press since Election Day.

New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump has not answered a single question from the press since Election Day. That was 19 days ago and several media outlets projected Joe Biden as the next President of the United States 15 days ago.

Yet Trump is continuing to avoid reporters as Biden prepares to transition to his new role at the White House.

"This is an unprecedented streak of silence for the President of the United States," CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

Press briefings have "basically disappeared from the White House and from key government agencies," he added.

Although not uncommon for Trump's press secretaries to take long breaks from meeting with the White House press corps, Trump himself had remained engaged with reporters throughout his presidency, often talking to them on the White House lawn on his way to the Marine One helicopter.

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller hasn't fielded any questions, despite the White House's decision to draw down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"It's a broader effort throughout the entire government," said CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

People who work closely with Trump don't want to answer questions about what the president is doing because he's still attempting to overturn the results of the election behind the scenes -- and know they'll face questions about the president's efforts, to which they have no answers, Collins added.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany showed up to a press briefing on Friday, her first one in seven weeks.

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