While the media spent much of Monday continuing to obsess over the inconclusive investigation into Russian collusion, President Donald Trump, his wife and his top current and former officials congregated at the White House for an old-fashioned Christmas bash.
What made the event so stunning — besides the fact that the media weren’t invited — were the number of former Trump administration officials who showed up for the celebration.
Included among the attendees was Sean Spicer, who served as the president’s first White House press secretary up until his resignation last year.
He can be seen below alongside retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer:
Also in attendance was former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka, who spends his time these days on Fox News debunking the dubious allegations against Trump’s former associates.
Gorka left the White House last year. What remains unclear is whether he left voluntarily or was ousted. At the time he released a scathing letter in which he indicated that he left voluntarily because of some persons in the administration who “do not support the MAGA promise.” But media reports published following his departure indicated otherwise.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) December 18, 2018
His appearance at the White House Christmas party on Monday suggests he left voluntarily. Why else would he still maintain such a chummy relationship with the administration?
The same applies to outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly. Despite reports that he isn’t on speaking terms with the president, he appeared full of smiles and holiday spirit.
Current White House budget director Mick Mulvaney is expected to take over Kelly’s role as chief of staff upon his departure at the end of the year.
“John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We will announce who will be taking John’s place. I appreciate his service very much,” the president said of Kelly earlier this month.
Other attendees of Monday’s shindig included White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Both are among the president’s top staff members and have thus far displayed no signs of wanting to or planning to leave the administration.
Of course, no Christmas party would be a true Christmas party without a share of adoring Trump fans and supporters such as Diamond and Silk, a pair of black sisters from North Carolina who’ve grown famous for their fierce rants against the president’s enemies.
But the two didn’t just show up to the event. They ranted and raved, as usual, much to the fanfare of President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.
Had a wonderful time at the White House Christmas party. pic.twitter.com/QmdEStzqCw
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) December 18, 2018
Even legendary conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh showed up for the event, though he wasn’t quite as talkative as Diamond and Silk.
One quirky fellow who apparently didn’t make it to the party was former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted exactly 10 days on the job last year before his zany behavior got him sacked — not that he holds any grudges.
Arthur Schwartz, one of his close friends, did, however, attend the event, as evidenced by the following tweet that he later deleted for some inexplicable reason:
Other attendees at Monday’s foray included Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle:
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:
And outgoing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke:
The party occurred a day after the Congressional Ball, where first lady Melania Trump dazzled the crowd with her white floor-length gown.
Watch the president and Melania arriving at the event in the video below:
The press might not be getting a White House Christmas Party this year, but Ronald Reagan knew how to get into the spirit. Here he is dressed up as Santa Claus in 1983.
"White House Christmas Party"#whitehousechristmas #Christmas #POTUS #POTUS40 #christmasparty #WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/8bwWNQNRW7
— ThsAmericanPresident (@ThisAmerPres) December 13, 2018
Melania has been particularly active this Christmas season, using every opportunity available to spread the holiday spirit. Just a week ago she enthusiastically took part in a Toys for Tots event at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
Each year the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve-led Toys for Tots program distributes toys to poverty-stricken children. Trump participated last year and had been itching for this year’s festivities to begin.
“I have been looking forward to this event ever since last year’s ended. As a mother, I feel children are the most precious gift of all. They provide so much joy in life,” she said during a speech at the event Tuesday, according to The Hill.
“As first lady, I have made it my mission to shine a light on programs that provide more opportunities for children to succeed. My campaign, ‘Be Best,’ focuses on the inspiring and lifesaving work of people and organizations across our country.”
Watch scenes from that event below:
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