White House plans holiday parties despite coronavirus warnings

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2020

The First Lady stepped out of the White House to greet the carriage wearing black leather gloves, an oversized black and white gingham coat, and black boots. The tree will be displayed in the Blue Room.

On Tuesday, the holiday events will continue at the White House as President Donald Trump participates in the annual pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey at a ceremony in the Rose Garden. For the past few years, social media users have mocked Melania Trump's holiday decor choices...and that was before comments leaked about how she allegedly really feels about all this pomp and circumstance.

At the time, Melania Trump reportedly said, as heard from an audio recording: "I'm working ... my a** off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f** a href="https://sputniknews.com/us/202011231081248713-fing-christmas-tree-by-flotus-melania-trump-under-fire-as-she-unveils-whs-festive-dcor/" class="local_link" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *the arrival of the White House Christmas Tree. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic décor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations".

Owners of the farm, Dan and Anne Taylor, posed for photographers with Mrs. Trump.

The carriage's two coachmen and horse handler were masked, unlike years past.

"The Taylors have supplied Christmas trees to decorate the White House for a number of years, except of course, the Blue Room tree which comes from NCTA's Grand Champion Grower", the NCTA noted in a statement. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo) Corn, left, and Cob, two turkeys from Iowa who will attend the annual presidential pardon, hang out inside their hotel room at the Willard Hotel in Washington on November 23, 2020.

This year, the birds - from West Liberty, Iowa - are reportedly named Corn and Cob.

Grisham said the White House would be taking precautions to provide "the safest environment possible" for attendees at events.

She added: "Guests will enjoy food individually plated by chefs at Plexiglass-protected food stations".

The White House plans to hold an indoor holiday reception next week just days after Thanksgiving despite ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks at the compound, and against the advice of its own advisers who are urging Americans to sacrifice their normal holiday gatherings to curb the spread of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance (pdf) on celebrating Thanksgiving that recommends determining the size of a gathering "based on the ability of attendees from different households" to socially distance and stick to safety hygiene measures.

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