Re­porters are al­ways with the pres­i­dent, so he has no pri­vacy.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

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.

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