Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is famous for his love/hate relationship with the news media, but their love has been long-distance recently. The candidate hasn't held a formal press conference since July 27, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Given that there's just over a month until the election, Trump has been hitting the campaign trail hard. Since Monday's presidential debate in New York, he's made stops in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Florida. On Friday, he's scheduled to be in Michigan; on Saturday, he'll visit Pennsylvania.
Trump has not, however, been giving that same face time to the media. In addition to avoiding press conferences, the candidate has also nearly vanished from morning TV shows on NBC and CNN, according to the Post. He's mostly been on Fox News lately.
In a statement to the Post, Trump's campaign made a point of mentioning the interviews he did after Monday's debate. "We didn’t see Hillary Clinton in the spin room Monday night, where Mr. Trump spoke to dozens of national reporters from every outlet," spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.
Trump's withdrawal from the media is notable because he dominated the news cycle during the primaries. Once he nabbed the nomination, he began to criticize his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for being press-shy. Pundits and reporters alike repeatedly called out Clinton over the summer for avoiding the press — at one point, she hadn't given a formal news conference in 275 days. Trump sent out an email denouncing Clinton as "Hiding Hillary," according to Politifact.
Clinton started traveling with her press corps earlier this month and now frequently speaks to journalists on board her airplane.
Lis Smith, a Democratic consultant who worked for ex-candidate Martin O'Malley, told NPR in August that voters don't care as much about candidates avoiding the press as reporters do. Still, the strategy can be dangerous.
"The longer you go without doing a press conference, the longer you you give reporters the ability to come up with killer questions and the longer you give reporters the ability to build up a simmering rage," Smith said.
At least Americans know they can always find Trump on Twitter.