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Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg enters 2020 presidential race

NASHUA, NH - JANUARY 29: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks with the media after touring the W.H. Bagshaw Company during an exploratory trip on January 29, 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Michael Bloomberg is mulling a run for president in 2020 and said would make a decision in the coming weeks. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

(JTA) — President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign said it will no longer allow reporters from Bloomberg News to cover Trump rallies and campaign events.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the founder of the Bloomberg LP business media empire, officially declared himself a Democratic candidate for president late last month.

After Bloomberg entered the race, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said the media company would not investigate the candidate and his family or his business, and would extend the same courtesy to the other candidates for the Democratic nomination. But he said the organization would continue to investigate the Trump administration “as the government of the day” and would cover the Trump campaign “fairly.”

Brad Parscale, Trump 2020’s campaign manager, released a statement Monday saying that “The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong.”

“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events. We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis,” Parscale said.

Micklethwait responded: “The accusation of bias couldn’t be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign.”

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