The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal declined to send reporters on the road with the Trump campaign this week, citing a lack of safety precautions to protect journalists' health. President Trump held his first true campaign rally since his COVID-19 diagnosis in Sanford, Fla., on Monday. Attendees were crowded together with little social distancing, although some were wearing masks.
Why they're keeping their distance:
- Three White House correspondents tested positive for COVID-19 following the White House outbreak. The NYT's Michael Shear says he believes he caught the virus while on board Air Force One at the White House Rose Garden event on Sept. 26.
- Trump's doctors say he has tested negative on consecutive days, less than two weeks after he first revealed his positive test. They say he is not infectious to others.
- However, the Trump administration's coronavirus safety measures have led many reporters to avoid covering the events. They say people are not wearing masks aboard Air Force One and that White House aides who either tested positive – or were exposed to someone who has – are returning to work within two weeks.