The Hill reports:
President Trump on Tuesday shrugged off concerns about the White House’s decision to hold holiday parties during the coronavirus pandemic, emphasizing the availability of face masks for guests and other measures.
“They’re Christmas parties and, frankly, we’ve reduced the number very substantially as you know,” Trump told reporters during an event on coronavirus vaccines. “And I see a lot of people at the parties wearing masks and I would say that I look out at the audience at those parties and we have a lot of people wearing masks and I think that’s a good thing.”
While Trump suggested on Tuesday that mask use was widespread, video posted by a guest at a party last Tuesday showed minimal mask usage. Trump, who himself contracted the coronavirus in October, seldom wears a mask in public.
As was reported earlier today, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis has tested positive for COVID after attending a White House holiday party several days ago.
Asked why the White House is holding in-person parties in violation of CDC guidance, Trump says, “well, they’re Christmas parties.” pic.twitter.com/3gy7BILpRX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2020