The Trump-Romney Photo Op That Wasn’t

Sep 26, 2011 4:22pm

It was perhaps the least-televised meeting Donald Trump has ever had.

GOP candidate Mitt Romney managed to sneak in – and out – of a much talked-about meeting with The Donald this afternoon in midtown Manhattan, disappointing a scrum of reporters anxiously awaiting the governor’s arrival.

There was no pizza (Sarah Palin got a trip to a pizza parlor when she met with Trump in May) and there was no table at Jean-Georges, where Texas Gov. Rick Perry was treated to fancy fare at the restaurant last week.

There wasn’t much of anything, other than a Romney aide’s pacing the street in front of Trump Tower, appearing to be looking for Romney’s motorcade. There were also the hurried phone calls made by the aide, appearing to be checking on the arrival time to warn the press that Romney was close.

But his motorcade never showed, and nor did Romney, at least not in front of the glare of the media cameras, poised for action.

Then, in the blink of an eye, the aide hailed a cab, apologized to the press, and sped off.

Moments later, the Democratic National Committee sent out an e-mail blast titled “Chicken Mitt!!” with text reading “Bwok-Bwok!”

Trump released an e-mail statement on the meeting writing, “Both Governor Romney and I very much enjoyed the meeting. Many things were discussed of national and international interest. We both look forward to future meetings.”

Asked if Romney was purposely avoiding the press today, campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded, “The governor has no open press events today, all private meetings.”

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