National Capital Region Delegation Statement On White House Coronavirus Outbreak
Washington, October 6, 2020
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) joined Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD), and David Trone (D-MD) in issuing the following statement today:
"We represent the people of the National Capital Region. We are alarmed and dismayed by the casual disregard for the health of our community, including constituents who work at the White House as staff, agents or officers of the United States Secret Service, journalists of the White House Correspondents Association, and the general public.
"Daily announcements of new infections among the political, press, and custodial staff show that the coronavirus outbreak at the White House is out of control.
"We call upon the White House Chief of Staff to take prompt steps to help control the spread of the virus among people who work for or around the President, including:
"This is no time for publicity stunts that put people at risk, or for playing down the seriousness of this pandemic. The American people will never trust the Administration to keep them safe if the White House cannot protect its own staff."
Their statement came amid multiple reports confirming that the White House failed to directly notify employees and others in harm’s way of the infections of the President, First Lady, and their staff for several days as infections grew, took unnecessary risks that raised the risk of infecting additional people, and failed to initiate or cooperate with contact tracing efforts in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota, and Virginia.
The District of Columbia today reported its highest single-day coronavirus case increase since the beginning of June.