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Campaigning in Georgia, Harris asked whether White House should be “fumigated” when Trump leaves Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris, who is in Columbus, Georgia, campaigning for the Senate Democratic candidates Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff was asked by a local radio journalist if there were plans to “fumigate” the White House before the Biden administration moved in, citing the pandemic.

“I don’t have the current status for that,” Ms. Harris replied, standing with the Chattahoochee River behind her, according to a pool report.

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President Donald Trump has been accused of not taking the pandemic seriously, and of holding what many have characterized as super spreader events inside the White House, and many have floated the idea that the White House should receive a deep cleaning before the new occupants move in on January 20, 2021.

There are only 6 hours between the time when the outgoing President vacates the White House and when the incoming President moves in.

A pool report said Harris’s plane landed at the airport in Columbus, Ga., at roughly 12:10 p.m. and took a roughly 15-minute drive to the event, a drive-in rally for Warnock and Ossoff.

After briefly taking questions from local journalists, Harris said she would be heading to Washington immediately after the event to vote on the stimulus package. 

Harris acknowledged the high-stakes posed by the Georgia runoffs and urged residents to vote for the Democratic candidates that will help her play a key role with her tie-breaking power.

“Their voice is strong and matters in this election,” she said, adding that Georgians, as well as the rest of the country, “need to have strong voices in the United States.”

The event is being held at the Columbus Riverfront Historic District with attendees packed into several dozen vehicles. A small collection of protesters had assembled outside, several carrying signs saying, “Kamala is a socialist.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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