Summary List Placement No mask? No problem, at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Michigan on Wednesday, an observation that New York Times correspondent Kathy Gray made before she was kicked out of the event. In a post on Twitter, Gray noted that, out of thousands attending the rally in Freeland, "Maybe 10% have masks." Local public health officials have urged residents to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. "Good Democratic and good Republican people still wear masks," Saginaw County Medical Director Dr. Delicia Pruitt said last month. "This is not a political issue. Good people just wear masks."
Crammed in crowd in the rain for trump rally in michigan. Not many masks pic.twitter.com/5DZ6JBVNK8 — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020
But Trump campaign staff appeared to be more concerned with Gray's lack of press credentials. "I've just been kicked out of the [T]rump rally," the reporter posted, moments after the president arrived on Air Force One. Gray described it as a "first" for her, saying Trump campaign staff "tracked me down from pics [I] tweeted and escorted me out." Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary for the Trump reelection campaign, claimed that Gray was given the opportunity to remain at the event, provided that she stop reporting on it. "Kathy wasn't credentialed as press and was acting like press in general admission," Parella claimed. "Staff informed her if she wanted to stay as press, she had to apply for credentials. She was also offered to stay as a guest of the event if she didn't act as press, but chose to continue to do so [and] therefore she was asked to leave." Gray told Business Insider that she applied for press credentials "and never heard back." "I was there on a general admission ticket," she said, and "that's why they told me they were asking me to leave." Have a news tip? Email this reporter: firstname.lastname@example.orgJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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