Just as the First Lady's Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham, emailed her staff on Saturday instructing them to work from home, the Vice President's Chief of Staff Marc Short sent an E at 3:00 a.m. on Friday -Mail followed by a conference call on Saturday telling staff to work remotely West Wing got a zip from Meadows.
Back at Trump's campaign headquarters, campaign staff also received instructions from campaign manager Bill Stepien, who later tested positive "Wear a mask, wash your hands, distance yourself socially, check in daily on the LiveSafe app, and work from home when you're uncomfortable," according to the New York Times. Because that's what even remotely responsible people do – keep their employees up to date and, who knows, maybe even linger a little on their well-being.
But uniformed staff, besieged and likely to totter, left the toxic waste zone behind and the White House remained largely a ghost town throughout the weekend, according to the Times.
Although this is not entirely uncommon when a President is absent when Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday night and re-entered the building around 7:00 p.m. ET, he was returning to an operation that is hardly a shadow of his former self.
Additionally, most mid-to-low-level employees are pretty ticked off and even scared. As triumphant as Trump envisioned his return, his experience over the next few weeks will not be the same as he left – not to mention the fact that many of his main confidants have now either tested positive or are self-quarantined . Get ready for a blizzard of crazy tweets.
Here's Trump's exit from Walter Reed and a shot of him having trouble breathing in the White House.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump comes back to the White House and takes off his mask after several nights at Walter Reed Medical Center. The president left Walter Reed tonight despite not completing his full COVID-19 treatment. https://t.co/XCER5YMh2e pic.twitter.com/rTfKo35d4G
– ABC News (@ABC) October 5, 2020