The White House will reportedly begin charging reporters $170 for coronavirus tests upon entry into "The People’s House," first reported the Washington Post.
News organizations will now be required to foot the bill each time a reporter enters the White House – a policy that has prompted backlash on social media, and has been interpreted as an "admission fee" that could burden smaller, cash strapped news outlets.
The policy set to begin Monday, is a shift that could cost the news industry tens of thousands of dollars, on top of the costs they already incur when paying for reporters to travel with the president.
The White House did not respond to Fox News for comment on the changes, but officials reportedly cited the budget strains as the deciding factor in altering their COVID policy.
The White House Correspondents Association, which represents journalists working in the presidential press corp, has taken issue with the new fees, reported the Post.