There are hundreds tightly-clustered here on WH South Lawn. Many people are wearing masks. Some are not. Officials seen without masks include acting Sec. Wolf, Sec.s Esper, DeVos, Chao, Perdue, AG Barr, Rep. Scalise, Dr. Scott Atlas. In masks: Nikki Haley, Sec.s Ross, Mnuchin
Larry Kudlow, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, VP Pence, Amb. Friedman, Sec. Pompeo, Mark Meadows, Robert O’Brien all arrived without masks. Sec. Mnuchin took his off. There’s actually a commemorative “Abraham Accords” mask for the occasion that several officials are wearing
Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross, 82, departed without a mask

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A couple notes on the Hatch Act after RNC events showcasing the White House: While there are certainly plentiful opportunities for Hatch Act violations from staffers involved with WH events during this convention, the President and first lady are immune from Hatch Act violations.
But, as we know, there's only one person can enforce any disciplinary actions for employees found by the Office of Special Counsel to be in violation of the Hatch Act, and that is the President himself.
So far, after numerous violations for staffers, including Kellyanne Conway, Stephanie Grisham, Raj Shah, Jessica Ditto, Helen Aguirre Ferré, Jacob Wood and Alyssa Farah, Trump has not taken any disciplinary action.
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I made the 1.75-mile lap around White House grounds this morning. Crews have begun the process of removing some of the fencing that went up last week. Here’s some of what I saw:
On H St., the fencing has become a gathering place for protesters, who have decorated the fencing with signs. Some of the signs were moved to scaffolding across the street. Per USSS, there are “continuing discussions” with Park Police re: temp fencing in and around Lafayette Park
The cleanup process is underway - crews with torches cleaning metal statues in Lafayette Park and men in neon uniforms and masks pressure washing graffiti off the side of the vandalized Treasury Department building
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.@PressSec doubled down on the President’s tweet of a conspiracy theory about a video of police pushing a 75 year-old protester to the ground in Buffalo last week, saying POTUS was just raising questions about the incident and casting some doubt on the protester's character.
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4 Jun
More fencing going up around the White House complex early this morning
In addition to the new fencing, which now extends past the EEOB down 17th Street, @abdallahCNN reports that additional concrete barriers have been installed behind existing fencing at 17th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
A few hours later, new fencing now extends down 17th street from the EEOB to Constitution Avenue
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While you were sleeping, President Trump took questions alongside NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg for nearly an hour. Some highlights in this thread:
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Trump called Macron’s comments that NATO is brain dead “very insulting” and “very disrespectful.”
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Sr admin officials wouldn't provide timing details on VP Pence + ntl security adviser Robert O’Brien’s forthcoming trip to Ankara, Turkey, telling reporters on a call, “This was late breaking news this afternoon. We didn’t think it was possible a couple of hours ago, now we do.”
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