President Donald Trump's China press conference in the Rose Garden on Tuesday swiftly devolved into a rally-style political attack on former Vice President Joe Biden.
His use of White House staffers for a political event drew immediate scrutiny, with commenters on social media suggesting it could run afoul of the Hatch Act — which prohibits most government employees from attending or participating in political events in their official capacity. Trump himself is not subject to this law, but any staff who helped him organize the event could be.
Trump is now literally unloading an oppo dump on Biden from the Rose Garden. He’s reading aloud from a list of rece… https://t.co/0BYtErIFBV— Philip Rucker (@Philip Rucker) 1594764014.0
Every @WhiteHouse official and staffer who was involved in the arrangement and logistics of this press conference i… https://t.co/DEFtbgcGgl— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald) 1594764637.0
The Hatch Act does not apply to the President. But there are designated places in the White House for White House o… https://t.co/BNiKS3PnK4— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1594769520.0
Allowing White House staff to violate the Hatch Act without consequence erodes the integrity of our electoral proce… https://t.co/XoJA0lDefb— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics) 1594729828.0
The GOP will suddenly care very much about the Hatch Act the minute Biden becomes President. They will also sudden… https://t.co/60hr5oQAiC— JRehling (@JRehling) 1594767464.0