On Thursday, ahead of President Donald Trump's speech concluding the Republican National Convention, CBS correspondent Mark Knoller posted a photograph revealing the White House was taking no social distancing precautions while arranging the seats for the president's guests. And NBC News' Andrea Mitchell confirmed that the White House is also not requiring masks to attend — although officials claim they have brought in experts to ensure that "certain proper protocols" are in place to protect attendees' health.
Social distancing not in effect for seats set up for Pres Trump's convention speech tonight on the South Lawn. https://t.co/qTIQJamLAa— Mark Knoller (@Mark Knoller)1598566362.0
Guests start taking their seats 3 1/2 hours before the 1030pm speech by Pres Trump. His campaign says a leading med… https://t.co/Hx0oXpDl54— Mark Knoller (@Mark Knoller)1598568817.0
This did not convince commenters on social media, who promptly slammed the White House's arrangement.
It’s a pandemic except in trumpworld where everyone is in denial https://t.co/2qPKdgtVqK— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1598567102.0
weird campaign strategy to try to kill your most ardent supporters but ok https://t.co/YOmH2516mQ— Tom Tomorrow is so very tired (@Tom Tomorrow is so very tired)1598567180.0
@markknoller What's the worst that could happen, right Herman Cain?— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1598567666.0
@markknoller Cattle call or cattle cull?— ⚖️ On the Left Coast (@⚖️ On the Left Coast)1598566740.0
@markknoller Good God. The Trump White House proving once again that the rules & the laws do not apply to them. And… https://t.co/CsJpdHehYj— Goldensrule (@Goldensrule)1598566751.0
@markknoller “You said you’d do anything for Trump right? Let’s roll.” https://t.co/iz9eMFMVMW— Frederick Joseph (@Frederick Joseph)1598567744.0
@markknoller @davidfrum Treating human beings as though they are props and expendable is sort of his brand. The cru… https://t.co/QMFnNi6918— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman))))1598566965.0
@TeresaShank5 @markknoller The chairs or the guests?— KB (@KB)1598567567.0
@markknoller @Watchdogsniffer COVID-19 will be there to give his "autograph". https://t.co/y0gvxTXpMu— Trump Defeated. Seditionist Trumpism must go! 🇺🇸 (@Trump Defeated. Seditionist Trumpism must go! 🇺🇸)1598566775.0
@markknoller @CBSNews That's looks so close to how I view the "New Rose Garden" https://t.co/1TvfOwfWn7— Mike (@Mike)1598567433.0
@markknoller @davidfrum Trump is desperate to hear people clap, isn’t he? I’ve never seen a guy who needs his ego s… https://t.co/Z9WLgZKnd0— Wine Lover (@Wine Lover)1598566993.0
I dont care which party does this. It is a desecration. It is illegal. It is spitting on what USA stands for. The… https://t.co/4JqtBeVvR8— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald)1598567816.0