Trump's Virginia campaign headquarters shut down due to Covid-19
According to Dan Diamond of Politico, cleaners have been inside the Trump campaign's Virginia headquarters all week, scrubbing down surfaces and disinfected equipment — a recognition that coronavirus has found its way into the heart of the president’s reelection bid.
While in Tulsa, Oklahoma, eight members of Trump’s advance team contracted the coronavirus, including Secret Service agents. While in Arizona the following week, more of Trump’s Secret Service got the virus. To make matters worse, when Trump headed to South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration, his son’s girlfriend, who also works on the campaign, contracted the virus.
“The campaign’s lack of safety protections were visible during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the office last month, during which he posed for a photo with more than 70 campaign staff, closely packed together and without wearing face coverings — an image that infuriated local officials, who called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to take action and enforce state public health orders on universal masking indoors and social distancing. But Northam, a Democrat, ultimately declined to do so,” reported Politico.
Mike Pence Tweeted a photo of the visit, and then quickly deleted the tweet when reminded it contravened local distancing orders.
Northam didn’t want to get involved in a political fight, so the campaign office has been left largely to police itself, which, of course, it hasn’t. “Staff have been told to wear masks outside the office, in case they’re spotted by reporters, but they’ve been instructed that it’s acceptable to remove them in the office, the individuals said, adding that staff also publicly joke about the risk of coronavirus and play down the pandemic’s threat,” said Politico.
“You get made fun of, if you wear a mask,” said one person. “There’s social pressure not to do it.”