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Donald Trump Snuck Out Of Trump Tower To Go Have A Steak

The president-elect was spotted Tuesday night at a Manhattan steakhouse without telling the press pool that has been following his activities at Trump Tower.

Last updated on November 16, 2016, at 9:53 a.m. ET

Posted on November 15, 2016, at 9:02 p.m. ET

Donald Trump was spotted Tuesday night at a Manhattan steakhouse after he unexpectedly left his now-secured home with his family.

Standing ovation and cheers at Keene's steakhouse for @realDonaldTrump

A Bloomberg reporter spotted the president-elect Tuesday night at 21 Club, adding that he arrived in the restaurant to a standing ovation.

To applause from other patrons in the Bar Room, which the restaurant describes as the "hangout of choice for America’s rich and famous," Trump said, "We'll get your taxes down. Don't worry about it."

"We'll get your taxes down—don't worry about it" POTUS-elect Trump tells diners at NYC's 21 Club—via @HallieJackson… https://t.co/V6OmT99UlC

The restaurant is four blocks away from Trump Tower.

Reporters outside the steakhouse showed Trump's motorcade leaving around 9:40 p.m. ET.

#Trump leaving 21 Club after dinner #NYC

Here's how it was reported by the pool:

"At 9:38pm, the pool peered around a dumpster and watched Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, get into a SUV. A fellow pooler asked if they enjoyed dinner, and Ivanka Trump smiled. Your pooler asked if Ivanka Trump knew her company sent an email promoting the bracelet she wore on '60 Minutes,' which has raised concerns and questions. She didn't respond as the door closed.

Soon after, the motorcade began rolling."

Kathy Willens / AP

Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"On Tuesday President-elect Trump went out for dinner in New York without a pool of journalists in his motorcade and after reporters were advised that he was in for the night. One week after the election, it is unacceptable for the next president of the United States to travel without a regular pool to record his movements and inform the public about his whereabouts. The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to hear reassurances by the Trump transition team that it will respect long-held traditions of press access at the White House and support a pool structure. But the time to act on that promise is now. Pool reporters are in place in New York to cover the president-elect as he assembles his new administration. It is critical that they be allowed to do their jobs. "

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