Trump to hold Election Night party for 400 in White House East Room

WASHINGTON — President Trump will host an election night viewing party for 400 hundred people in the White House East Room, abandoning hopes of a gathering at his Trump International Hotel due to coronavirus restrictions, according to reports.

The president had planned to make an appearance at his Washington hotel on Tuesday evening but that plan was scrapped because of restrictions in DC forbidding gatherings of more than 50 people indoors in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19.

That party has now been moved to the executive mansion, according to Reuters and the New York Times, with aides planning to issue invitations for roughly 400 people who will all be tested for the virus ahead of time.

Guests at the last large White House gathering on Sept. 26 for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett were also tested for the virus but that Rose Garden event led to a significant number of COVID-19 infections, with Dr. Anthony Fauci calling it a “super spreader” event.

It’s understood that Trump will also make an address from the East Room but it’s expected that a clear winner won’t be known for several days due to an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden will spend Tuesday evening in Wilmington, Del., his campaign said.

Bloomberg News reported Sunday that some members of Trump’s cabinet will still gather at the Trump Hotel to watch the results on Election Night, while others will spend the evening at the White House.

DC police are also planning to block off dozens of streets around the White House and the Trump hotel in anticipation of unrest Tuesday evening while many businesses downtown have boarded up their windows.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be among the administration members joining Trump at the White House to watch the election results.

Asked about his plans on Saturday, Trump said, “I’ll be perhaps between the White House and the hotel.”

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