The Donald Trump campaign said Tuesday it would now require reporters to have an escort with them when leaving the zoned off media area to use the restroom, according to an NBC News reporter.
Katy Tur, who has been covering the Trump campaign for the Peacock Network, tweeted that bathroom escorts were now mandatory and would be enforced by the Secret Service.
Trump campaign now requiring media to have bathroom escorts at his rallies when leaving "the pen" #watchthemedia.— Katy Tur (@Katy Tur) 1448416145.0
Media told they aren't allowed to leave "the pen" while Trump is in the room. Its now official policy that the secret service is enforcing.— Katy Tur (@Katy Tur) 1448416336.0
Let's be clear, this is even happening AFTER the event. https://t.co/bZZXp5GpLd— Katy Tur (@Katy Tur) 1448416463.0
Trump's requirement reporters remain in the designated press area and not venture out to speak to rally attendees has drawn attention over the last few days.
When CNN reporter Noah Gray ventured out to film an altercation with a Black Lives Matter protester, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowsky scolded him.
.@CLewandowski_ :"inside the pen or I pull your credentials" as I film crowd reax to protestor this evening https://t.co/Gkb2jpC6CY— Noah Gray (@Noah Gray) 1447903608.0
Others have also tweeted about similar incidents.
Reporters at Trump rally strictly quarantined to "media pen." Prevented from exiting to talk to audience members. https://t.co/A75KNCYdGe— Jordyn Phelps (@Jordyn Phelps) 1448037049.0
Was talking to voters before the event and told by member of #Trump staff to go back to designated media area.— Ali Vitali (@Ali Vitali) 1448037424.0
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze Tuesday night.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton drew scrutiny over the summer when her campaign roped off the media as she campaigned in New Hampshire. The Clintons were also criticized for having an aide escort a New York Times reporter to the restroom at the Clinton Global Initiative.
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