The outgoing US President is said to have sent the White House butlers home as he and Melania Trump left Washington DC
Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden were left waiting outside the White House on inauguration day reportedly thanks to one final “petty” act by Donald Trump.
The outgoing US President is said to have sent the White House butlers home as he and Melania Trump left Washington DC.
Following the pomp and ceremony of the inauguration, Biden and the new First Lady walked up the steps to the executive mansion.
The couple paused for the customary wave to waiting photographers and then turned to enter the White House.
But the Bidens were left awkwardly standing on the steps as the doors failed to open.
A well-placed official not associated with the Biden team told The National Journal : “The Trumps sent the butlers home when they left so there would be no one to help the Bidens when they arrived.”
The doors are usually opened by Marine Guards and the official reason for the hold-up is yet to be confirmed.
White House chief usher Timothy Harleth was due to welcome the new President and First Lady, but he was fired a few hours before their arrival.
The incident reflects the unusual household change which saw Trump snub the inauguration and refuse to welcome the Bidens.
Reports claim Melania Trump did not write her own ‘thank you’ notes to the White House staff who have cared for her family for the last four years.
In a break from custom she also refused to give the new First Lady a tour of the residence.
Following Trump’s departure, the White House also underwent a deep clean due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff will reside in the Blair House, while the traditional VP residence, the Naval Observatory, is closed for maintence.
It comes as Biden seeks to overturn many of Trump’s policies and wastes no time in making the coronavirus pandemic his top priority.
Last night Biden signed two new executive orders for pandemic stimulus cheques to be fast-tracked and an increase in food aid.
Trump largely played down the pandemic which has killed more than 400,000 Americans and has seen millions lose their jobs.
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