The White House plans to hold a swearing-in ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett later tonight after awaiting confirmation in the United States Supreme Court despite concerns about the coronavirus.
Barrett is confirmed by the Senate, according to Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff. "Then we expect a swearing-in ceremony later that evening if everything goes well."
"We're doing … the best we can to promote as much social distancing as possible. It'll be out there if it goes as planned now," Meadows said. "And continue to test in and around those who do." are vital to the mission to get there. "
A rose garden event for Barrett last month was cited as a source of a coronavirus outbreak in the White House. President Donald Trump tested positive, as did some high-profile employees, including President Hope Hicks' advisor and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Meadows responded to the criticism that today's event could trigger a repeat of last month's event: "The very first event, although quite a number of connections were made of who was at the event and who came up with it, we got to look at that and track up to three different areas where the virus actually appeared, infecting different people in white House. So it didn't all come from this particular event. "
Barrett's confirmation is seen as a victory for President Trump and the Republicans just a week before the general election, and has secured a conservative majority in the square for decades.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.