President Trump has previously riffed about the spaced out seating in both the briefing room and outdoors, and did not formally answer any questions at the Rose Garden press conference.
President Donald Trump held a last-minute appearance before the press in the Rose Garden to tout the latest unemployment figures, but viewers will have seen a difference from previous events: Reporters were placed closer together.
Earlier in the week, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters it was Barr who made the decision to push back the security perimeter outside the White House on Monday morning.
"This is a flagrant violation of CDC guidelines on social distancing and a move that puts reporters at risk for the goal of turning the press corps into a prop for a so-called "press conference" where the president refuses to answer a single question", ABC's White House correspondent Jon Karl wrote on Twitter after the president's press conference.
Judd Deere, White House deputy press secretary, said that it was his decision to move the chairs.
"The chairs were initially positioned in a way that was consistent with social distancing guidelines but were moved closer together by White House staff shortly before the event started", Mr.
"This is a flagrant violation of CDC guidelines on social distancing and a move that puts reporters at risk for the goal of turning the press corps into a prop for a so-called "press conference" where the president refuses to answer a single question", wrote Karl on Twitter.
He said he attended a meeting around 2 p.m. on Monday, June 1 with several other law enforcement officials, including Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham, where they looked at a map and decided on a dividing line. "It looks better. I would remind you that those in the pool are tested, everyone is temperature checked, and asked if they have had symptoms".
After months of reporters sitting farther apart and resorting to a rotation to limit capacity at press conferences, the White House moved the press corps' seats closer together in the Rose Garden today. "Looks much better, I must say".
Mr. Karl objected to the seating arrangement.