As the White House staff learns to live with it, Axios morning email thingie gives us the state of play from the ship of fools:
White House aides have advised President Trump to avoid the Oval Office while he’s still infected. But they’re making arrangements for him to work out of the Diplomatic Reception Room, and use it as a backdrop for future televised remarks, two White House officials tell Axios’ Alayna Treene.
- Why it matters: The preparations show that far from bunkering down in the residence until he’s well, Trump is considering remaining active while he recovers from COVID.
- Any Trump movement in the West Wing would create a series of risks for his staff.
We’re gonna interject a small correction here: “…a series of risks for his remaining staff.” Politico tells us the body count of people Lord Damp Nut has infected is 30, and probably still rising. Back to Axios:
Reflecting widespread dismay among administration officials, a White House source told Axios’ Alexi McCammond:
- “It’s insane that he would return to the White House and jeopardize his staff’s health when we are still learning of new cases among senior staff. This place is a cesspool.”
- “He was so concerned with preventing embarrassing stories that he exposed thousands of his own staff and supporters to a deadly virus. He has kept us in the dark, and now our spouses and kids have to pay the price. It’s just selfish.”
It’s rich that these political appointee staffers are whinging about selfishness now that it is their ass on the line.
“The mood within the White House remains somber, with staff fearful they may have been exposed to the virus. As they confront a new reality — a worksite that once seemed like a bubble of safety is anything but — they also have been engaged in finger-pointing over conflicting reports released about the president’s health as well as a lack of information provided internally.”
“Many have learned about positive tests from media reports and several were exposed, without their knowledge, to people the White House already knew could be contagious.”
“Indeed, it took until late Sunday night, nearly three full days after Trump’s diagnosis, for the White House to send a staff-wide note in response. Even then, it did not acknowledge the outbreak.”
Back to Axios, who tells us about the non-political appointees,the civil servants and household staff now at risk. These are the fine people we should be worried about, the truly innocent victims:
Among those endangered by Trump’s approach:
- “The White House residence staff members are largely Black and Latino, and often elderly, according to Kate Anderson Brower, who compiled a trove of interviews with former staffers for her book ”The Residence,'” the WashPost reports. There are about 90 full-time ushers, butlers, housekeepers, valets, florists, engineers and cooks.
- “For the Secret Service, a New Question: Who Will Protect Them From Trump?” says a N.Y. Times headline.
- White House reporters are increasingly anxious and angry, Axios’ Sara Fischer reports. N.Y. Times White House correspondent Michael Shear, who tested positive, tells Axios: “My wife has now tested positive for COVID. The collateral damage is going to be pretty significant, I think.”
It’s pretty clear he’s gonna kill more people before he keels over, which cannot happen soon enough.
UPDATE 1: Unbelievable – NYTimes
“Mr. Trump was considering some kind of a nationwide televised address, two people familiar with the discussions said. But while there were no new reports of him needing oxygen, he was still sounding somewhat short of breath in conversations, another person said.”