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Trump Chief of Staff Says “I Don’t,” Throws Lavish Wedding for Daughter Amid Georgia Lockdown

Trump Chief of Staff Says “I Don’t,” Throws Lavish Wedding for Daughter Amid Georgia Lockdown

As a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Mark Meadows took pride in saying “no” to countless Congressional spending initiatives, no matter how worthy. In his current role as Donald Trump’s chief of staff, he’s widely blamed for being the Trump administration’s “no” voice as it attempts to reach agreement with Congressional negotiators on a much needed new round of federal government coronavirus stimulus.

So it’s pretty much on message — but nonetheless infuriating — that Meadows said “I don’t have to follow the rules” when he hosted a lavish indoor wedding for his daughter in Atlanta this past May. At that time the nation was full on experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. A statewide Georgia order and city of Atlanta guidelines were in place that banned gatherings of more than 10 people to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

None of that dissuaded Meadows. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the wedding took place May 31 at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Midtown Atlanta. Most of the approximately 70 guests, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), donned tuxedos and ball gowns for the indoor affair but did not wear masks as Meadows walked his daughter, Haley, down the aisle through a path of soft white flower petals. Reportedly the event featured a 21-member wedding party.

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Were it not taking place at the height of a global pandemic and a time when countless thousands of ordinary Americans were postponing their own weddings, funerals and other important family gatherings to stem the spread of the virus, photos of the wedding would have been magical. But apparently they are now an embarrassment to Meadows because they would document a flouting of Georgia public health regulations and the pictures have recently been hidden online, except for those shown above.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution report says they “showed a wedding party that featured 11 bridesmaids and eight groomsmen, who later danced along with the rest of the guests to a live wedding band following a three-course seated dinner. Large groups of attendees, none wearing masks, were seen hugging and celebrating on a crowded dance floor.

“At the time, Meadows’ absence from the White House for an out-of-town wedding was noted in several media reports detailing how the president was responding to protests demanding an end to police brutality.”

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