According to a memo by White House Correspondents’ Association President Jonathan Karl of ABC News:
Today 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.
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.
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.”
The health of the press corps should not be put in jeopardy because the White House wants reporters to be a prop for a “news conference” where the president refused to answer any questions.
Here’s a look.