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White House chief of staff hosted wedding in May that flouted local coronavirus guidelines

Haley Meadows Kocher, daughter of White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, got married in Atlanta on May 31, amid the coronavirus pandemic, with a ceremony that violated local caps on social gatherings.



Mark Meadows wearing a suit and tie: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to the media about US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. - Meadows addressed the positive Covid-19 tests of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. "They remain in good spirits. The president does have mild symptoms and as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the american people," Meadows said. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)


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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to the media about US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. – Meadows addressed the positive Covid-19 tests of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. “They remain in good spirits. The president does have mild symptoms and as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the american people,” Meadows said. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The gathering is yet another example of administration officials actively

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White House Chief of Staff Flouted Covid Rules for Atlanta Wedding

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows does a television interview at the White House on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ATLANTA (CN) — White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reportedly hosted a large wedding for his daughter in May in Atlanta that appeared to violate city and state coronavirus restrictions prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

Approximately 70 guests, including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, attended the May 31 indoor wedding at Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, according to a report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

Photos reviewed by the newspaper reportedly show that attendees hugged and danced to a live band before sitting down for a three-course dinner. Guests did not wear masks even though the wedding took place at the height of the pandemic.

The White House did not respond to an emailed request for comment Thursday afternoon.

At the time of the wedding, Georgia was

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White House’s Meadows Reportedly Flouted Covid Rules In May For Daughter’s Large Wedding

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Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, hosted a 70-person indoor wedding for his daughter in Atlanta in late May, possibly violating state rules and federal guidelines designed to halt the spread of Covid-19, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, another case of White House officials seemingly flouting coronavirus protocols.

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The wedding took place in an ornate Atlanta ballroom, and its 70-person guest list included Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has expressed skepticism of coronavirus restrictions and frequently declined to wear a face mask, AJC reported.

Guests stood close to each other during the wedding, and most did not appear to wear masks, according to photos of the event reviewed by AJC.

Earlier

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