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Biden Will Disinfect the White House

December 14, 2020

Biden Will Disinfect the White House

Given Donald Trump‘s penchant for holding super-spreading events in the executive mansion, the White House will be thoroughly disinfected before the Biden administration enters it. Too bad exorcists are not on the GSA procurement schedule.

More:

“Biden will have White House disinfected after Trump leaves,” Joseph Guzman The Hill

“Biden to Have White House Disinfected After Trump Moves Out,” J. Clara Chan, The Wrap

“As Biden Gets Sworn In, White House Will Get Scrubbed Down,” Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

Related:

“Misting the White House between administrations won’t kill Covid-19 — and it could be harmful, experts say,” Kate Sheridan, STAT

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The White House Plays Tennis While Disease Ravages America

December 8, 2020

The White House Plays Tennis While Disease Ravages America
While nearly 300,000 Americans lie dead from COVID-19, Melania Trump has completed a tennis pavilion at the White House, perhaps as a parting homage to Louis XIV. Maybe tennis will lure her husband back from his private golf course in Virginia during the waning days of his pestilential presidency.

Mrs. Trump dedicated her tennis pavilion yesterday, on Pearl Harbor Day, a date when Americans remember the 2,403 who died in that 1941 attack. About the same number of Americans are now dying each day from coronavirus, due to the Trump administration’s criminal failure of leadership.

Tennis, anyone? Better wear a mask.

More:

“First Lady Proudly Unveils White House Tennis Pavilion—as U.S. COVID Deaths Near 300K,” Arya Hodjat, Daily Beast

“Melania Trump faces backlash after revealing new White House tennis pavilion,” Kenya Evelyn, The Guardian

“Melania Trump’s Tennis Pavilion Announcement Brings Outrage: ‘How Many ICU Beds Will It Hold?'” Matthew Impelli, Newsweek

“‘Melania Antoinette’: First lady faces backlash after unveiling tennis pavilion at the White House,” The Telegraph via Yahoo News

Related:

“The number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the US nearly every day last week was higher than the death toll for the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Ryan Pickrell, Yahoo News

“The infamy of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor pales compared to what’s going on now.” Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun Times

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Trump White House Election Night Party Spreads COVID-19

November 9, 2020

Trump White House Election Night Party Spreads COVID-19

Tuesday’s crowded White House election night watch party ended in uncertainty as the slow business of counting millions of mail-in ballots dragged on, but two predictable things happened:

  1. Donald Trump falsely claimed victory before all the votes were in; and
  2. Some of the 250 partygoers got COVID-19.

White House guests including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson MD, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Trump Campaign official David Bossie, and campaign aide Nick Trainer are among those now testing positive.

Mr. Trump tasked Daivid Bossie with leading his legal challenge to the election results that make him a loser.

More:

“Was Donald Trump’s White House watch party a super-spreader event?” The Guardian

“Looks Like Trump May Have Held Another Superspreader Event,” Claire Lampen, The Cut

Updates:

“Two more people from Trump’s Election Night party at White House test positive for coronavirus,” Dan Mangan, CNBC

“White House political director tests positive for coronavirus, official says,” Kaitlan Collins and Maegan Vazquez, CNN

“Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski tests positive for coronavirus,” Oriana Gonzalez, Axios

“RNC Chief of Staff Richard Walters tests positive for COVID-19,” Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing

Related:

“Amid White House COVID-19 outbreak, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner pulled their 3 kids from a DC Jewish school,” Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Service

“Javanka Pulled Kids Out of D.C. School After Parents Complained: Report,” Tori B. Powell, Daily Beast

“Parents Say Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Wouldn’t Adhere to Covid Protocols at Their Kids’ School—So the Family Left,” Daniella Byck, Washingtonian

“More than 130 Secret Service officers reportedly under coronavirus quarantine,” Ursula Perano, Axios

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The Haunted Mansion

October 26, 2020

The Haunted Mansion

The White House had a children’s Halloween party last weekend. That’s pretty frightening given the rate of COVID-19 infection at the White House. Thanks to Donald Trump’s ineptitude, the Executive Mansion is now haunted by the souls of 230,000 dead Americans. The Biden Transition Team better have a skilled exorcist on board.

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“Trumps celebrate Halloween at the White House,” Jean Lotus, UPI

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Trump: Infector-In-Chief Moved to Fully-Staffed White House Medical Unit

October 5, 2020

Trump: Infector-In-Chief Moved to Fully-Staffed White House Medical Unit

Coronavirus-infected Donald Trump has moved from the Presidential Suite of Walter Reed National Medical Center to another exclusive boutique clinic, the White House Medical Unit (WHMU), a fully-appointed private hospital in the virus-infested public housing unit temporarily occupied by Mr. Trump. It’s a combination urgent-care center and emergency room.

The WHMU normally has a staff of about 24 doctors, nurses, physician assistants and army medics in addition to White House Physician Sean Conley. Dr. Conley, you may remember, is the medical genius who said that Donald Trump was at a low risk of contracting coronavirus, and prescribed hydroxychloroquine for the president as a COVID-19 preventative. The WHMU is a military unit, and additional personnel can be mobilized as needed on a moment’s notice.

So don’t let anyone tell you that elderly, obese COVID-19 patient Donald Trump has “moved back home.” He just moved from one exclusive government-funded hospital to another.

More:

“What medical facilities does the White House have now that Trump’s leaving the hospital?” Don Sweeney, McClatchy DC

“Trump Returned To The White House And Took His Mask Off While Infected With COVID-19,” Stephanie M. Lee and Amber Jamieson, BuzzFeed News

Related:

“Concern rises for White House residence staffers as their workplace emerges as a virus hot spot,” Jada Yuan, Washington Post

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Trump White House Staff: A Whiter Shade of Pale

August 20, 2018

Trump White House Staff: A Whiter Shade of Pale

White House staff diversity, already low, is decreasing:

“Of the 55 highest-earning White House staffers, POLITICO was able to identify only a half-dozen who are not white. Along with [director of strategic communications Mercedes] Schlapp, that includes director of management and administration Marcia Lee Kelly, who is Korean-American, and Joyce Meyer, a Filipino-American who is a senior member of the legislative affairs team.”

“’Having diversity in a leadership team is clearly necessary for top performance,’ said Max Stier, the president of the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit that advised the Trump transition team as it set up the government. ‘The proverbial group think, which is a real problem, becomes less of one when you have a diverse team.’

He added: ‘It’s not something that’s going to get better by accident. It’s something that gets better when people at the top prioritize it’.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Friday about the diversity of its staff.”

— “Trump’s inner circle gets whiter,” Andrew Restuccia, Politico

More:

“Trump has so few senior black advisers, Kellyanne Conway struggles to name one,” Emily Stewart, Vox

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Mad for Vlad, Trump Invites Putin To Washington

July 23, 2018

Mad for Vlad, Trump Invites Putin To Washington
President Donald Trump so enjoyed his successful Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin that he’s sent a message to the Russian strongman inviting him to the White House this fall. Great, another damn sequel. Perhaps Russian oligarchs could use the occasion to hold a GOP fundraiser in DC — it wouldn’t be the first for some of them.

Mr. Putin may be welcome at the White House and the Trump Hotel, but he can forget about addressing a joint session of Congress. Maybe he can pop across the Potomac to visit his fans at the NRA instead.

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Next White House Chief of Staff?

June 29, 2018

Next White House Chief of Staff?

Word around DC is that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be the next to leave the realty TV show that is the Trump Administration, and the president is looking for a replacement. We suggest Julie Chen, host of the CBS show Big Brother. She’s said nice things about Mr. Trump, and has the perfect résumé, 20 years of monitoring a bunch of immature, self-involved, bullying backstabbers.

More:

“Why a new chief of staff wouldn’t change Trump’s White House,” Annie Karni, Politico

“John Kelly, Scott Pruitt, and the Epic Turnover of the Trump Administration,” Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker

Update:

“John Kelly intends to remain as Trump’s chief of staff through 2020 reelection,” Philip Rucker, Washington Post

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White House Staff Vacancies

June 14, 2018

White House Staff Vacancies

The understaffed Trump White House keeps losing employees. There’s been a steady exodus ( Steven Cheung is the latest), and now we hear talk that Sarah Huckabee SandersRaj Shah, and even John Kelly are eyeing the exit.

But it’s getting harder to find experienced people to work in the Trump Administration. That’s why the White House HR Department is going to be at a Capital Hill Job Fair on Friday. Greetings, interns!

More:

“Trump White House advertises at a Hill job fair amid staff exodus,” Annie Karni, Politico

Related:

“Nation Not Sure How Many Ex-Trump Staffers It Can Safely Reabsorb,” The Onion

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Trump White House: Exit Only

March 14, 2018

Trump White House Staff Stampedes for the Exit

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was dismissed over Twitter. Over three dozen Trump staffers that have resigned, been fired, or been reassigned since Trump took office, an attrition rate of 43%, more than five times the rate of recent administrations. One-third of the White House staff has left. Add to that the countless holdover appointees who have left and the career diplomats and civil servants who escaped the chaos, and you have a government that’s been hollowed out. And you can guess the kind of people who would want to work for such a capricious and studiously uniformed (and uninformable) Chief Executive.

And remember, Trump only fired 15 people each year on The Apprentice.

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