White House reporter Education: Stanford University, BA in Sociology; Stanford University, MA in Sociology Toluse "Tolu" Olorunnipa is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2019, after five years at Bloomberg News, where he reported on politics and policy from Washington and Florida. Olorunnipa has covered the White House since 2015, reporting from five continents and more than 20 countries as part of the presidential press corps. He started his career at the Miami Herald, where he covered real estate, natural disasters and crime -- sometimes all at once. Olorunnipa is also an on-air contributor to CNN.
With coronavirus cases nearing 5 million in the United States and average daily deaths topping 1,000, the president’s retreat to the confines of his private club offered him an opportunity to create a kind of alternate reality in which his presidency is not being beset by numerous crises.
Political strategists say the president’s appeals to racial fear and grievance are politically risky when much of the country is trying to reckon with issues such as systemic racism and discrimination.