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White Home points memo requiring employees to put on masks in West Wing

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Performing U.S. Director of Nationwide Intelligence Richard Grenell and White Home Nationwide Safety Adviser Robert O’Brien put on protecting face masks due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak as they stand in a nook of the State Eating room throughout a gathering between U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress on the White Home in Washington, Might 8, 2020.

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The White Home is requiring all staffers to put on masks or facial coverings when getting into the West Wing of the constructing, NBC Information reported Monday, citing two sources conversant in the matter.

The brand new precaution comes days after two staffers near President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence examined constructive for the coronavirus. 

The directive from the White Home administration workplace was specified by a memo to staffers Monday afternoon, NBC reported. The White Home mentioned it is going to make masks out there for workers who want them, in keeping with NBC.

The memo additionally requested employees members to keep away from visiting the West Wing, the place the Oval Workplace is situated, until essential, the sources informed NBC.

Trump and Pence have each resisted sporting masks in public or on the White Home. Trump didn’t put on a masks final week whereas touring a Honeywell manufacturing unit in Phoenix, Arizona, that was producing N95 masks. A White Home official mentioned on the time that Honeywell had informed the White Home that Trump and different guests didn’t have to put on masks.

When requested Friday at a roundtable occasion with Republican members of Congress why White Home staffers weren’t seen sporting masks by the reporters stationed on the constructing, Trump mentioned, “they’re … the folks which can be serving me are.”

Pence was criticized for refusing to put on a masks throughout an April 28 go to to the Mayo Clinic. The vp did put on a masks two days later, throughout a go to to a Normal Motors plant in Indiana.

The Facilities for Illness Management, a division of the Trump administration’s Well being and Human Providers Division, in early April up to date its steerage to advocate “sporting fabric face coverings in public settings the place different social distancing measures are tough to keep up.”

Trump, who first introduced that replace, mentioned on the time that “I do not suppose I will be doing it.”

That is breaking information. Please examine again for updates.

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