Pompeo invites 900 people to State Department holiday parties amid pandemic

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo invited hundreds of guests for holiday gatherings in the coming weeks, despite warnings to socially distance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report by the Washington Post, invites for one of the events went out to 900 people, and a separate event invited 180 foreign ambassadors to come to the United States.

A State Department spokesperson told CNN that the events will adhere to strict coronavirus guidelines, as the department’s employees have been warned not to host holiday gatherings and maximize teleworking during the period between Thanksgiving and January.

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