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The White House Is Getting Slammed for Banning Video Recording from Coronavirus Briefing

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It's well-established by now that President Donald Trump's administration is no fan of the free press.

Trump routinely blames the media for covering his missteps. He bashes journalists by name on Twitter and he describes the press as "the enemy of the people."

That's only gotten worse as COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to spread across the United States.

Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence as the response director against the virus, and now he and his team are under fire for banning video and audio of their latest press briefing, despite earlier promises to be "aggressively transparent" in their efforts to contain COVID-19's spread.

Reporters told their followers the news.

Officials were just as secretive when asked why the briefing wasn't on camera.

The administration's secrecy indicated that it's less concerned with getting information regarding a pandemic out to the public, and more occupied with making sure new information doesn't hurt the President politically.

People see right through it.

It's been nearly a year since the White House's last daily press briefing.

For a deeper look into the secrecy of the Trump administration, A Very Stable Genius is available here.