President Trump has seemed to float getting rid of every journalist at the White House except a small handful of reporters he likes.
Social distancing has forced a considerable depopulation of the White House press corps, for in the last few days of press briefings, many chairs remained unoccupied so reporters were able to maintain proper safe distances from one another.
Trump remarked on Thursday that the media has been “much nicer” to him with less reporters around, and during questions about coronavirus cases in Congress, he suggested every journalist present that he doesn’t like should go.
“You’re actually much too close,” he added before pointing at one reporter. “You should move. You should move immediately.”
The seating at Thursday’s briefing was similar to others held earlier this week.
The White House Correspondents’ Association informed news outlets on Sunday that it was making changes to the seating chart in the briefing room to adhere to social distancing guidelines recently set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).