White House staffer describes ‘a complete lack of empathy’ during Trump administration for keeping residence workers safe from COVID-19
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While former President Donald Trump and many of his aides were battling their own bouts with COVID-19 last year, the White House residence staff never stopped toiling in the background, according to The New Yorker.
For years, residence staff lamented the infrequency of events held at the White House under Trump, which included only two state dinners, compared to the six that were hosted by former President Barack Obama in his first term.
Among “lifers,” the staff members who have served multiple US Presidents, a sense of “malaise” had spread throughout the White House, according to the report.
As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on last year, the desolation of the building only intensified. A staff member that was renamed Jason to protect his identity discussed the evolving situation under Trump.
“People stayed home,” he said. “Everything from food service to national security â if it could be done at home, it was done at home.”
But former White House chief usher Timothy Harleth said the residence staff adhered to the necessary COVID-19 health guidelines more than other Trump White House employees.
“We were the ones wearing P.P.E. [personal protective equipment], pushing …continued .
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