C-SPAN’s website is currently streaming a live feed of the lobby of Manhattan’s Trump Tower. According to C-SPAN, the feed has been live since 8AM EST.
A representative from C-SPAN that we spoke to, as well as the C-SPAN website, indicated that the feed was being hosted by the Trump Organization. “I’m not sure why this is happening,” said the representative.
Update: C-SPAN’s Director of Communications Howard Mortman said the purpose of the stream is “to let our audience see who is coming and going to meet with the Trump transition team, and watch them speak to the media located in the lobby.” He further clarified that the feed is hosted by a television network pool that monitors the feed for newsworthy material, adding that the C-SPAN website improperly indicates the feed’s location (Trump Tower) as its “Hosting Organization.”
C-SPAN usually broadcasts from inside political buildings and from political events. Right now it is broadcasting some gold elevator doors.
At the time of publication, members of the press are waiting in the lobby to catch glimpses of people taking meetings with President-elect Donald Trump, who seems to be upstairs.
In the last hour, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (who is rumored to be a frontrunner for the position of Secretary of State despite numerous conflicts of interest) has walked past the press without answering questions, and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has come over to show them a photo on her phone of South Carolina governor Nikki Haley meeting with the president-elect. Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. also appeared briefly, but did not speak.
Most of the stream is of Trump Tower’s gold lobby and a very bored doorman. At one point there was a pretty good dog in the lobby. Someone delivered two pizzas, and shortly after that, someone else delivered a pizza and what looked like a pile of sandwiches. Lots of people are drinking things out of Starbucks’ holiday cups.
When reached for comment, the Trump Organization forwarded our call to the voicemail box of Hope Hicks. We will update if and when we hear back.
Here are screencaps from the stream’s big events.
Update November 17th, 12:46 PM EST: Updated to include statement from C-SPAN director of communications and to clarify that the feed is hosted by a TV network pool.