White House Giving Reporters COVID-19 Tests Before Thursday’s Donald Trump Press Briefing
The White Home shall be giving coronavirus checks to reporters attending Thursday’s press briefing, a sign of issues over publicity even after a collection of social distancing measures have been put in place.
The reporters shall be examined and have their outcomes again in time for the session, which often begins round 5:30 PM ET.
Earlier than the brand new precautions, reporters had their temperatures checked earlier than getting into the briefing room, a tiny house within the West Wing constructed over what was as soon as an indoor pool.
The White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation put in place a collection of measures to house reporters with solely two occupied seats per row. That leaves simply 14 reporters sitting within the seats, making for an uncommon environment as President Donald Trump takes questions. As a result of the reporters are in a pool rotation, he usually doesn’t know the correspondent and has been asking which outlet they’re with earlier than listening to their query and answering.
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Even with the brand new spacing, some reporters are nonetheless nearer than six toes — the really useful distance from the Facilities for Illness Management.
The nightly briefings have come beneath appreciable scrutiny, with stress on information networks to chorus from carrying them dwell or to do extra aggressive truth checking, out of issues that Trump has relayed misinformation. Earlier on Thursday, Trump blasted The Wall Road Journal for an editorial criticizing the nightly occasions, boasting of the rankings he’s garnered for the briefings.
“The Wall Road Journal all the time ‘forgets’ to say that the rankings for the White Home Press Briefings are “by means of the roof” (Monday Night time Soccer, Bachelor Finale, in keeping with @nytimes) & is simply means for me to flee the Faux Information & get my views throughout. WSJ is Faux Information!”
The Journal had known as the briefings a waste of time.
The editorial opened, “A good friend of ours who voted for President Trump despatched us a observe lately saying that she had stopped watching the each day White Home briefings of the coronavirus activity power. Why? As a result of they’ve grow to be much less about defeating the virus and extra in regards to the many feuds of Donald J. Trump.”