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The White House Correspondents’ Association on Wednesday implored reporters to be hyper-vigilant in the coming weeks as more and more White House staffers have contracted COVID-19.
Stephen Miller, Donald Trump’s senior adviser and speechwriter, is the latest in the president’s orbit to test positive. Trump himself is back in the White House — still sick, still contagious. Even while ill, the president has continued to downplay the virus and the recommended measures to protect others.
The correspondents’ association made it clear to reporters on Wednesday that they are on their own given the Trump administration’s behavior.
“Still, despite everything we’ve experienced in recent days, it would be foolish of us to assume that the situation at the White House or on the campaign trail will improve dramatically over the coming four weeks,” reads the note. “We have communicated to the White House that, as a press corps, we would like more information to evaluate our own potential exposure. We have pressed for them to provide updates on known and suspected infections so that reporters can as soon as possible know if they and their families have been put at risk. The administration, citing privacy concerns, has not provided additional details.”
The update has a much more urgent tone than a statement released by the correspondents’ association earlier in the week when news broke that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for COVID-19, a revelation that came one day after McEnany removed her mask while talking to reporters.
As of Wednesday, three White House journalists have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Since Friday, dozens and dozens of tests have been conducted on members of our press corps who were potentially exposed,” said the Wednesday note. “At this moment, we do not have any additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 among White House journalists nor any indications of journalist-to-journalist spread. While we are awaiting additional test results for some members, it appears clear that our safe behavior has helped contain this virus. We haven’t just been lucky, we have followed science and we have been vigilant.”