By Duncan Smith
Proving once again that no matter what the Trump administration does it will be treated as hostile by the garbage Washington Press Corps, the head of the White House Correspondents Association actually accused the administration of ‘putting journalists’ lives at risk’ because the chairs were ‘too close’ at a bill signing ceremony Friday.
President Trump arrived to sign bipartisan legislation extending from eight to 24 weeks the amount of time businesses have to spend coronavirus relief loan money under the Paycheck Protection Program passed earlier this year.
The measure also “adjusts a 75-25 ratio included in the March bill requiring businesses to spend 75 percent of the loan on payroll and 25 percent on other fixed costs to a 60-40 ratio,” The Hill reported.
But Jonathan Karl, head of the WHCA, sought to complain about … seating.
The Washington Times reports:
The president of the White House Correspondents Association accused the White House Friday of putting journalists at risk by seating them too closely together in the Rose Garden for President Trump's event on the economy.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News said the White House press office 'positioned seating for the president's Rose Garden 'news conference' in a way that violated the federal government's guidelines on social distancing and needlessly put reporters' health at risk.'
At one point, the president acknowledged that reporters appeared closer.
'You're getting closer together — even you,' he said, referring to the reporters seated in front of him. 'I noticed you're starting to get much closer together. It looks much better.'
But Karl complained.
“The chairs were initially positioned in a way that was consistent with social distancing guidelines but were moved closer together by White House staff shortly before the event started,' Karl said in a statement, the Times reported.
'When we asked for an explanation, the White House press office told us the decision to move the chairs close together was made because 'It looks better,'” he said.
Here’s a solution for the next time this ‘life-threatening’ act of planetary importance occurs: Just don’t go to the ceremony.
Seriously, if youngish White House correspondents who are not now and never have been in the demographic that needed to worry about catching and dying from COVID-19 are too frightened to sit a couple fee away from each other, they shouldn’t be out in public.
But making a stink about the seating arrangement is the height of pettiness.
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