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Donald Trump’s Trump Tower meeting with Shinzo Abe was press-free.

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been wary of allowing a pool of journalists to travel with him. Following the election, it appears his stance hasn’t changed.

This morning Trump had his first unofficial meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Both leaders did not give access to the press. Instead, Japan’s government provided a video and photographs of the meeting.

Trump posted a photograph on his Facebook saying “It was a pleasure to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop by my home and begin a great friendship.”

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Photographs released also capture Ivanka Trump at the meeting with the prime minister.

While it’s certainly not unusual to have closed meetings, Trump’s attitude toward the press adds a troubling element to his visit with Abe. Additionally, the president-elect has not held a press conference since Election day.

The Trump administration has said Trump will be having the traditional press pool once inaugurated in office.

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