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Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:10 PM

We joke about fumigating the White House after Trump leaves.

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But the threat is real.

The symbolism of having to deep clean the WH of coronavirus. Rid this place (the WH and America) of that trash.



WASHINGTON Ė Itís a ritual carried out with precision each time a new first family moves into the White House.

In just six hours on Inauguration Day, belongings of a departing president's family are moved out, carpets are cleaned, furniture is rearranged, fresh art is hung and the executive mansion is transformed for its new residents before they set foot inside.

But staff tasked with preparing the executive mansion for the arrival Jan. 20 of President-elect Joe Biden and his family will do so under extraordinary circumstances: the COVID-19 contagion that has already infected departing President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and multiple White House staffers.

When someone working in a school, business, library or other public building tests positive for coronavirus or is even suspected of contracting the disease, the property owners or managers often respond by ordering the structure to undergo what is known as a "deep cleaning" Ė a process in which highly specialized contractors are brought in to eradicate the virus with botanical disinfectants.

But neither the White House nor the General Services Administration, the government agency that manages federal facilities, would say what precautions, if any, would be taken to make sure the presidential mansion is coronavirus-free before the Bidens arrive.

"For security purposes, GSA is not able to comment on services provided," said a spokesperson for the agency, which is responsible for helping get the East and West Wings ready for the incoming administration.

The job of prepping the mansionís residential quarters for the new occupants falls to the White House chief usherís office, which oversees the complexís household staff and operations. The current chief usher is Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington before Melania Trump tapped him for the White House job in 2017.

The first ladyís office did not respond to multiple questions about whether any anti-coronavirus measures would be taken to prepare the White House residence for the Bidens.

Sheldon Yellen, who operates a multinational property restoration company that has performed deep cleanings for thousands of clients since the coronavirus pandemic struck, advises giving the same cleansing treatment to a home before new occupants move in.

"If I were buying a new house right now or I were moving into a new house, I would surely want my new house thoroughly treated and cleaned," said Yellen, chief executive officer of Belfor Property Restoration in Birmingham, Michigan.



[link:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/12/07/inauguration-day-bidens-move-into-white-house-complicated-covid/6250096002/|

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Reply We joke about fumigating the White House after Trump leaves. (Original post)
NCDem47 Dec 2020 OP
redstatebluegirl Dec 2020 #1
CatMor Dec 2020 #2
underpants Dec 2020 #3
lame54 Dec 2020 #4
unblock Dec 2020 #5
Auggie Dec 2020 #6
NCDem47 Dec 2020 #9
Wounded Bear Dec 2020 #13
pandr32 Dec 2020 #7
lettucebe Dec 2020 #21
BannonsLiver Dec 2020 #8
William769 Dec 2020 #10
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2020 #28
LuckyCharms Dec 2020 #11
Miguelito Loveless Dec 2020 #12
2naSalit Dec 2020 #18
matt819 Dec 2020 #14
samnsara Dec 2020 #16
samnsara Dec 2020 #15
Sneederbunk Dec 2020 #17
Brother Mythos Dec 2020 #22
brooklynite Dec 2020 #19
matt819 Dec 2020 #23
cwydro Dec 2020 #25
Chainfire Dec 2020 #20
BrightKnight Dec 2020 #26
Ilsa Dec 2020 #29
Blue Owl Dec 2020 #24
Cha Dec 2020 #27

Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:10 PM

1. I feel so sorry for the staff of the white house.

They are dedicated to serving the first family, this one was a piece of work to be sure.

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:15 PM

2. They have to send in HazMat.

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:16 PM

3. and a good sage rub from Marianne Williamson

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:18 PM

4. Tent it

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:18 PM

5. I would not trust a trump international hotels employee to do that job

I hope Biden brings in his own chief usher...

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:18 PM

6. Don't overlook these bugs: listening devices

Strip the Oval Office walls. Iíll understand if my tax money is used this way.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:22 PM

9. Never crossed my mind...

but you're right.

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Response to NCDem47 (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:41 PM

13. Absolutely necessary IMHO...

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:18 PM

7. It should be debugged as well

Swept for surveillance equipment.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:34 PM

21. Was going to say just this -- bet they are so excited to "spy" they're wetting themselves

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:21 PM

8. A thorough sweep of surveillance devices must be conducted.

For all we know Trump has allowed Putinís FSB unfettered access to the WH.

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:22 PM

10. Who's joking?

It's a hotbed for Covid-19.

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Response to William769 (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 05:46 AM

28. And likely a hotbed for electronic bugs as well.

Groups of Russians visited the Oval Office early in Trump's term, unescorted, unsupervised. The place needs a good sweeping.

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:26 PM

11. They'll need someone like Belfor in there for 2 months.

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 12:38 PM

12. The FBI needs to sweep ALL Republicon occupied offices

for bugs, bombs, and bio weapons.

The assumption should be that Russian agents have had unfettered access for 4 years.

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:27 PM

18. +1

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:02 PM

14. No one has asked me

But if I were Joe Biden I wouldn't operate from the White House until an absolutely thorough deep cleaning can be done, top to bottom and everywhere in between. Plus, and I can't believe I'm saying this, an electronic sweep, again top to bottom. Of course, the public will never know the results of the latter, but I would put money on finding stuff.

Whatever it takes and however long it takes. It would make sense for the WH to have a fairly complex and secure HVAC system. So all of these systems, in all areas, need to be cleaned, filtration devices updated/upgraded, etc., etc.

All workstations, esp. keyboards.

And stuff I'm probably overlooking.

And until that's done, he operates somewhere else, presumably a place he's already been operating.

That overlap/underlap of a few hours does not allow enough time to get it done. Joe doesn't need to make any reference to trump or the 41 WH officials who contracted the virus. Leave that to the press people.



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Response to matt819 (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:15 PM

16. get rid of all the electronic surveillance bugs.....

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:14 PM

15. at least change out the toilet seats....

...maybe even replace the entire toilet....i wouldnt ever want to use something that trumps greasy ol butt touched...

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:16 PM

17. An exorcism would be appropriate.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:39 PM

22. Absolutely!

One can never be too careful when dealing with the willing tools of Satan.

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:30 PM

19. Why do people assume that this is an issue?

Of course the WH will be safe before the SS would let Biden enter.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 02:01 PM

23. The article refers to a day of moving out and moving in

Obviously well-choreographed.

But given 42 WH people infected with Covid and our not unfounded suspicions about the current occupant of the WH, together with the damn near instantaneous move-in/move-out, it's understandable that we, the people, might be concerned.

Of course, the Secret Service will do its thing, but I think Team Joe should take it many steps further and insist on more of a "deep clean."

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 02:04 PM

25. Thank you.

Some of what Iím reading here lately...

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 01:31 PM

20. It may not be only biological bugs that they need to worry about either.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 03:15 AM

26. Nixon's bugs come to mind. nt

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 07:24 AM

29. I wonder if certain areas are swept regularly? nt

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Mon Dec 7, 2020, 02:03 PM

24. Rip out the drywall, flooring, and ceilings and start over

I wouldn't want one molecule of tRump's DNA in that now-sullied place...

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Response to NCDem47 (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 04:52 AM

27. I'm not joking.. it needs to be

Done!

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