In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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White House Memo to Staff: Wear Masks When Entering West Wing

The White House is directing staffers to wear masks of facial covering when entering the West Wing, though they can take them off at their desks.

President Trump is not covered by the order.

He enters the West Wing by exiting the residence and ambling down the collonade to the Oval Office.

Two White House aides have recently tested positive for the coronavirus: A valet to the president, whatever that is, and Katie Miller, press secretary to Vice President Pence and wife of Trump adviser Stephen Miller.

Below is a meeting Trump had Saturday with military and national security advisers in the Cabinet Room. No masks, and not much social distancing going on.

White House staff in the Rose Garden today, where President Trump held a news conference.

The press.

Rose Garden photos courtesy of ABC’s Jonathan Karl.