President Trump scolds reporters for sitting too close to one another during a press conference at the White House on Thursday. The president joked that the majority of them should leave the room because he doesn’t like reporters.

“You’re actually sitting too close,” Trump said. “You should really — we should probably get rid of about another 75%-80% of you. I have just two or three of you that I like in this room. … We just figured a new way of doing it.”



Trump was referencing guidance from U.S. health officials, who have asked that the public practice social distancing amid a nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus.

“You’re actually much too close,” Trump told reporters, some of whom left only one chair of separation between them. “You should leave immediately.”

“I don’t know what it is, all these empty, these in-between chairs,” Trump said. “But it’s so much nicer, but I shouldn’t say that because you’ll get me.”

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