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Trump Press Secretary Candidate Proposed Drug Testing Journalists: Reports

Trump’s administration may start drug-testing reporters who report frequently from the White House.

The Hill reports:

A candidate to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s press secretary suggested reporters covering the new administration should be drug tested, according to a BuzzFeed report on Sunday.

David Martosko, the U.S. political editor for the Daily Mail Online, suggested twice-a-year drug tests, among other steps, in a confidential memo to the president-elect, BuzzFeed reported.

The New York Post’s Page Six first reported the confidential memo on Friday. Its story did not name the source of the memo.

“Journalists who are at the White House more than one day per week should be subject to drug screenings to occur no more than twice a year at random times,” the proposal said, according to the Post. “Refusal to comply should exclude them from credentialing entirely.”

The memo came as part of Martosko’s application to be Trump’s press secretary, BuzzFeed reported. It was floated as one of 13 ideas he shared with Trump’s transition team.

Trump chose Sean Spicer, former communications director of the Republican National Committee, to serve as press secretary instead.

The Hill is asking for a comment, but BuzzFeed said Martosko declined to comment on its report.

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