Trump has held only one solo news conference during his presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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The presidential news conference, a time-honored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer.Trump has also taken to answering shouted questions on the White House lawn as he arrives at and departs the White House. The frenzied exchanges – frequently taking place over the roar of Marine One's rotor – often produce news.But the format also gives the president far more control than he would have during a traditional question-and-answer session.Trump can easily ignore questions he doesn't like and dodge follow-ups in a way that would be glaring in a traditional news conference.The president also holds joint news conferences with visiting world leaders, a format reporters call "two and two" because each leader selects two of its country's reporters to ask questions.While the format looks similar to a solo news conference, the president more often than not calls on friendly reporters from conservative outlets and limits the opportunity for follow-up questions.During a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday, Trump called on reporters from Fox Business Network and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Trump, however, seems to like the format, which he credited last year for his election win.
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