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STORY BY KEVIN LIPTAK AND JEFF ZELENY, CNN

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Published on March 12, 2021 11:30 PM

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Trump, estranged from Presidents Club, excluded from predecessors' PSA
(CNN)When President Donald Trump received his Covid-19 vaccine at the White House in January, it was not recorded by official photographers or videographers, according to a person familiar with the matter, who said it wasn't clear there was any photographic documentation of the moment.

That alone would have made it difficult for Trump to be included in the public service announcement of all living former presidents and their wives receiving vaccine shots. Discussions about Trump being involved in the spot never gained traction given his estrangement from the Presidents Club at the end of his term and the bitter way in which he departed Washington on Inauguration Day, people familiar with the matter said. It was a conversation on that January day between former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama that formed the basis of the vaccination campaign, which debuted Thursday. Because Trump made the decision to not join his predecessors in that historic moment, a person close to the project said, he wasn't asked to be involved in the public service announcement. Trump expressed little interest in joining his predecessors to promote the vaccine, and the team that organized the PSA did not view it as likely that the 45th president would participate, leaving little opening for his inclusion. "He has made no signals of wanting to be included in these types of moments," an aide to a former president told CNN.