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White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

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WASHINGTON (AP) — All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren’t stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the midst of a pandemic.

Monday’s delivery of an 18-and-a-half-foot tall Fraser Fir by horse-drawn carriage signaled the kickoff of the usual array of White House holiday events that will include the annual turkey pardon and Christmas and Hanukkah events.

A spokesperson for first lady Melania Trump says that “attending the parties will be a very personal choice" and that precautions will be taken to provide “the safest environment possible."

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