December 7, 2019

Trump Campaign Will Not Allow Bloomberg News Reporters to Cover Its Rallies and Events

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump takes an umbrella from an aide as he walks out of White House December 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. The president is traveling to London for meetings with fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders on the 70th anniversary of the military alliance, which French President Emanuel Macron recently described as having 'brain death.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(JTA) — President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign said it will no longer allow reporters from Bloomberg News to cover Trump rallies and campaign events.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the founder of the Bloomberg LP business media empire, officially declared himself a Democratic candidate for president late last month.

After Bloomberg entered the race, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said the media company would not investigate the candidate and his family or his business, and would extend the same courtesy to the other candidates for the Democratic nomination. But he said the organization would continue to investigate the Trump administration “as the government of the day” and would cover the Trump campaign “fairly.”

Brad Parscale, Trump 2020’s campaign manager, released a statement Monday saying that “The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong.”

“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events. We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis,” Parscale said.

Micklethwait responded: “The accusation of bias couldn’t be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign.”