George Santos skips Biden meet-and-greet occasion for brand new members of Congress
Embattled Rep. George Santos has snubbed President Biden, turning down a White House invite on Tuesday extended to all first-term lawmakers for a gathering with the 80-year-old commander-in-chief.
Santos (R-NY) was not listed on the White House’s guidelines of attendees for the East Room reception, based mostly on the Hill, and his office suggested Newsday that the disgraced lawmaker may be skipping the occasion.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre talked about Tuesday that Santos, like all new members, was invited to the biennial occasion.
The freshman lawmaker representing New York’s third Congressional District has come beneath fireside after a web based of lies about his background unraveled in December, after worthwhile his midterm election race.
Santos, 34, admitted to The Post closing month that he lied about his education, work historic previous, religion and particulars of his non-public life, and he’s at current beneath federal investigation for loaning his 2022 advertising and marketing marketing campaign better than $700,000, regardless of declaring a wage of solely $55,000 as these days as 2020.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) talked about Tuesday that the Long Island Republican may be away from Congress if the House Ethics Committee finds he broke the regulation.
“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” McCarthy suggested reporters.
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Four completely different first-term Republican House members skipped the White House occasion, along with a fellow member of the Empire State’s congressional delegation, Rep. Nick LaLota (R-NY), who boycotted the meeting in protest of the White House’s lingering COVID-19 protocols.
“Out of protest, I will not be attending President Biden’s gathering of Freshman House Members at the White House this week. Even though four months ago the President told ’60 Minutes’ that the pandemic is over, the White House is today enforcing arbitrary, outdated and unscientific pandemic protocols upon members of Congress who accepted the President’s invitation to meet him at the White House,” LaLota talked about in a press launch.
The White House required attendees to verify unfavourable 24 hours earlier to visiting the White House and as well as current proof of vaccination or endure masking.
The Hill experiences that the brand new GOP House that did attend the reception included Reps. Nick Langworthy (NY), Mike Lawler (NY), John James (Mich.), Mark Alford (Mo.), John Duarte (Calif.), Tom Kean (NJ), Kevin Kiley (Calif.), Nathaniel Moran (Texas), Dale Strong (Ala.) and Rudy Yakym (Ind.).