Trump's team is planning in-person holiday parties at the White House against scientists' orders

‘Tis NOT the season! Trump’s team is planning in-person holiday parties at the White House – against scientists’ advice – and after hosting two ‘superspreader’ events

  • Preparations for the White House’s annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month are underway
  • The Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9 and the invitation makes no mention of special coronavirus precautions for attendees 
  • The Christmas party is slated for December 10, according to GOP sources
  • Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather at the White House
  • The celebrations are in direct violation of the CDC’s orders as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout the country 
  • Trump’s team previously held a ‘superspreader’ event in September and another on election night that saw several Republicans become infected with the virus

Against every doctor, scientist and heath expert’s advice, The White House is going ahead and planning in-person holiday celebrations.  

Preparations for the White House’s annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month are underway, despite rising cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  

The Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9, HuffPost reports, and the invitation makes no mention of special coronavirus precautions for attendees. 

Meanwhile, the Christmas party is slated for December 10, according to GOP sources. Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather at the White House. 

It appears Trump’s team has learned little from their September ‘superspreader’ event and election night celebration that saw several Republicans become infected with the virus.  

Preparations for the White House's annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month are underway. Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather at the White House. Trump is pictured at the 2019 holiday party

Preparations for the White House’s annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month are underway. Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather at the White House. Trump is pictured at the 2019 holiday party 

The Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9 and the invitation makes no mention of special coronavirus precautions for attendees The Christmas party is slated for December 10, according to a GOP sources . Pictured is the 2019 Christmas party

The Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9 and the invitation makes no mention of special coronavirus precautions for attendees The Christmas party is slated for December 10, according to a GOP sources . Pictured is the 2019 Christmas party 

The celebrations are in direct violation of the CDC's orders as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout the country. Pictured is the 2019 reception

The celebrations are in direct violation of the CDC’s orders as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout the country. Pictured is the 2019 reception 

This comes as top health experts continue to advise against holiday gatherings. 

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out new guidelines that said, ‘Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.’ 

But it’s not unlike the White House to flout the CDC’s guidelines. 

In September, Trump’s ceremony in the Rose Garden to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court was quickly deemed a ‘superspreader’ event as several of the 150 guests fell ill with COVID-19. 

Photos from the event saw few people wearing masks and even fewer people socially distancing as seats were close together and people were seen hugging and chatting. 

Former advisor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were among those who contracted the virus.  

In September, Trump’s ceremony in the Rose Garden to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court was quickly deemed a ‘superspreader’ event as several of the 150 guests fell ill with Covid-19 

More than 130 Secret Service agents who protect President Donald Trump, the White House and the first family are isolating because of COVID - above agents at Trump's October 29 rally in Tampa, Florida

More than 130 Secret Service agents who protect President Donald Trump, the White House and the first family are isolating because of COVID – above agents at Trump’s October 29 rally in Tampa, Florida

Then earlier this month, Donald Trump held and election night event that resulted in positive test results from attendees days later.     

Healy Baumgardner, a former Trump aide on his 2016 campaign, who was at the White House on election night as a guest of Giuliani, had the virus, Bloomberg News reported. 

White House political director Brian Jack, who was also at the election night event, tested positive as did one other White House staffer. 

And at least 12 people in President Trump’s orbit tested positive since White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows did, according to a count by ABC News.  

Additionally, more than 130 Secret Service agents who protect Trump, the White House and the first family were ordered to isolate last week because they caught COVID or were in close contact with someone who was infected with the virus.   

And of course, Donald Trump himself tested positive for the virus last month, along with the First Lady, and made a swift recovery.  

But even after Trump contracted the coronavirus, staff was still not required to wear masks at work.

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