White House announces swearing-in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett to be hosted tonight

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony will be held at the White House Monday night after her expected Senate confirmation earlier in the day, administration officials have confirmed.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed a Sunday ABC News report that the ceremony would be held there, adding that officials would be “doing the best we can to encourage as much social distancing as possible.”

The event will be held outside, weather permitting, Meadows said.

ABC News’ John Santucci tweeted Sunday evening that White House officials were “working on hosting an outdoor event for a ceremonial swearing in of” Barrett “after her expected confirmation by the Senate.”

Barrett will be succeeding the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who succumbed to cancer last month after having successfully battled the disease several times previously.

ABC News’ Katherine Faulders, in a tweet to follow up on her network colleague’s report, made sure to mention that last month’s Rose Garden ceremony was “referred to as a ‘super spreader’” event after several attendees including President Trump and first lady Melania Trump contracted COVID-19.

But Meadows pushed back on that assertion.

“The very first event, while there’s a whole lot of connections that have been made with who was at the event, and who came down with it, we’ve been able to look at that and track as many as three different areas where the virus actually infected different people within the White House,” the chief of staff said Monday. “It didn’t all come from that particular event.”

Meadows noted further that it is unclear if Vice President Mike Pence will attend after a few members in his office, including VP Chief of Staff Marc Short, tested positive for the virus over the past week.

Both the vice president and second lady Karen Pence have tested negative for the disease repeatedly since staffers contracted it.

President Trump is scheduled to spend most of Monday campaigning throughout the battleground state of Pennsylvania. He should be returning to the White House shortly before the 8:00 p.m. EST swearing-in ceremony, the Daily Caller reported.

He will hold campaign rallies in Allentown, Lititz, and Martinsburg, according to the campaign.

A senior campaign adviser, Jason Miller, called out the rival campaign of Democrat Joe Biden for staying off the campaign trail.

“No events for Joe Biden today??? He’s lid crazy!” Miller tweeted.

Fox News reported that Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), also has no campaign appearances on Monday, either. She is remaining in Washington, D.C., where she is expected to vote ‘no’ on Barrett’s confirmation.

Meanwhile, the outlet also reported that Pence will travel to Minnesota for a rally in Hibbing. The Trump-Pence campaign narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by about 1.5 points; in 2020, Trump is hoping to put the state into the ‘red’ column for the first time in decades.

Monday marks eight days before the Nov. 3 election, though tens of millions of Americans have already voted in early balloting or by mail.

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