WhiteHouse proceeding with holiday gatherings
WASHINGTON— Public health officials are sounding alarms and urging Americans not to travel and limit gatherings this holiday season amid a new surge in coronavirus cases.
Still, the White House continues planning a host of festivities, including holiday parties, which kicked off Monday with the arrival of the White House Christmas tree.
“Attending the parties will be a very personal choice,” said Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman and chief of staff. “It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic décor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations.”
The White House has already been the site of several suspected “superspreader” events and dozens of staff — along with the president, the first lady and their son— have been infected, along with a long list of campaign aides and other advisers.