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Melania Trump is not surrounded by staff anymore and she is adjusting to the new way of life in the White House as the social distancing measures have taken effect even inside the presidential home. It can be said that the FLOTUS and her family have been “deserted” since non-essential staff members were ordered to go home.
Life in the White House
Just a handful of selected staff is still staying at the White House so there will be people who will still serve Melania, Donald Trump and their son Barron. The life inside the official residence and workplace of the president has drastically changed in mere days due to the coronavirus crisis.
Staff and workers who are usually working in the building every day were told not to come and just stay in their homes, Express reported. Some of those who were asked to leave the White House include pastry chefs, cooks, calligraphers and florists. It was added that even Ricki Niceta, the social secretary of the White House, is now working remotely.
The first couple’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed that non-essential staff has been working from home. The FLOTUS’ florists, calligraphers, cooks and chefs are no longer at the White House since they are also on self-quarantine in their respective homes.
“As with other times in recent history, such as government shutdowns, they're likely operating with just a core group of essential people,” a former senior staff at the executive home told the publication. “The rest of the staff would be sent home, or on-call, to come in or rotate when needed.”
Donald and Melania Trump are being served by at least two butlers today. The housekeepers were also sent home to protect themselves from COVID-19 and those who are still working in the White House are being checked for temperature before being allowed to come in. The staff is also required to maintain a six-foot distance from the FLOTUS and the president.
Easter Egg Roll event cancellation
Melania Trump is set to host the annual Easter Egg Roll at the South Lawn on April 13 but sadly, this event that is celebrated in the White House since 1878 has been canceled. The First Lady announced on Monday that it would not push through "out of an abundance of caution."
“The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” USA Today quoted Melania Trump as saying. “I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term. During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone.”