“These four years have been incredible,” Trump told the crowd, which included many members of the Republican National Committee. “We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years. ” Video of Trump’s appearance was streamed live to Facebook by an attendee, former Republican Party of Oklahoma President Pam Pollard. It showed dozens of people crammed into the White House’s Cross Hall on the floor, standing closely together. Many of the people seen in the video were not wearing masks.
The Assets began hosting holiday receptions this week, intending to celebrate one final season before Trump leaves office on Jan.20.
According to social media posts reviewed by the Associated Press, the events featured large crowds of participants, often without masks, gathered inside – violating public health guidelines the US government has urged the country to follow this season. vacation as COVID-19 cases skyrocket the country.
In the video, Trump continues to broadcast unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud to explain his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden despite his attorney general, William Barr, telling the PA earlier Tuesday that the US Department of Justice did not. had not uncovered widespread voter evidence. fraud and saw nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“It is certainly an unusual year. We won an election. But they don’t like it, “Trump told the group, adding,” I call it a rigged election, and I always will. ”
The White House has been the site of at least one suspected COVID-19 super-diffusion event, and dozens of aides, campaign staff and allies of the president have tested positive in multiple outbreaks. Trump himself was hospitalized with the virus in October, and his wife and two of his sons have tested positive. Many more had to be quarantined.
Stephanie Grisham, spokesperson and chief of staff for Melania Trump, said last month that the White House was moving forward with events, “while providing the safest environment possible.” She said this would include smaller guest lists, that “masks will be needed and available, social distancing encouraged on the White House grounds, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the State Floor.”
“Attending the parties will be a very personal choice,” she said.