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President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Conway. File/Evan Vucci/AP

(Editor's note: This story was revised after The Post and Courier learned additional information about press access to the event.)

COLUMBIA — South Carolina reporters will be allowed inside Benedict College to cover President Donald Trump's speech at a criminal justice forum, the White House says.

Early Tuesday, the White House said, due to space limitations, only White House pool reporters can attend the event at the historically black college in Columbia. Later Tuesday, the White House said one local print and once local TV station would have access to Friday's speech.

Multiple S.C. reporters are allowed to cover most presidential visits.

Trump is set to give the keynote speech for the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center's presidential forum. His top Democratic challengers are attending Saturday and Sunday to present their criminal justice reform platforms.

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The event is being broadcast live. 

The visit will be Trump’s fourth to South Carolina as president.   

South Carolina reporters also are allowed to cover Air Force One's arrival Friday in West Columbia.


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Assistant Columbia bureau chief

Adcox returned to The Post and Courier in October 2017 after 12 years covering the Statehouse for The Associated Press. She previously covered education for The P&C. She has also worked for The AP in Albany, N.Y., and for The Herald in Rock Hill.