News outlets are declining to send pool reporters to travel with Trump, after his COVID-19 diagnosis, to protect their health
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News organizations are refusing to send pool reporters back on the campaign trail with President Donald Trump, who recently had COVID-19, in an effort to protect their health, the New York Times reported on Monday.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement from Trump's doctor announcing that the president had tested negative for COVID-19 but the dates of the tests were not disclosed.
On the same day, Trump hosted his first campaign event since testing positive earlier this month in Florida, where he falsely boasted of immunity to the disease. Trump announced that he tested positive early October 2.
"At least three White House correspondents have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past two weeks, including a Times reporter who traveled on Air Force One, Michael D. Shear," The Times said.
As a precaution, news outlets such as The Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post did not send journalists to cover the event.
"White House reporters had security concerns and were not satisfied with the president at the time," said Elisabeth Bumiller, head of the Washington office at The Times, in a statement.
In addition to Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and others in the White House tested positive for COVID-19 - at least 34 people in the White House tested positive last week.
Photos showed those in Trump's inner circle not wearing masks or taking other precautions against the coronavirus. Masks and social distancing were also not enforced at Trump campaign rallies.
A spokesman for The Post told The Times that the newspaper "will continue to evaluate our reporting plans".
Zeke Miller, an Associated Press reporter and president of the White House Correspondents Association, spoke in a memo to members last week, The Times reported.
"While we know that no pandemic situation is 100 percent safe, we assume that the pool will not be placed in an overly risky position," Miller wrote, citing the Times report.
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