Reporters are always with the president, so he has no privacy.
A few days after his win in November, Donald Trump went to dinner with his family and ditched the small pool of White House reporters at Trump Tower, causing journalists to wring their hands. Meanwhile, his supporters at Infowars accused the reporters of having a “hissy fit,” and cable TV was filled with Trump surrogates indignant that reporters, as they contended, wanted to be at the table along with Trump’s kids.
The reaction reflected a misunderstanding of how a pool operates. Reporters are not asking to be at the table with family members. They are asking to know where a president is if he leaves the White House grounds. No one knows when a crisis will develop; no one knows when a motorcade will be in an accident; no one knows when a president will take ill; no one knows when an aide will whisper to the leader of the free world, as one did on Sept. 11, 2001, that “America is under attack.” A pool is there to provide information to the public so there’s no confusion when a terrorist strikes or a president collapses.