Marine sentry missing when POTUS said to be in Oval Office; non-answer from W.H. spox

Marine sentry missing when POTUS said to be in Oval Office; non-answer from W.H. spox
Marine sentries complete turnover ritual at Oval Office door. YouTube video

[Ed. – This one’s had folks puzzled today.  A reporter asked why the Marine wasn’t outside the Oval Office door when Biden was supposedly in the office, and got the run-around from Jen Psaki.  Later White House responses were even less enlightening (e.g., the sentry was supposedly off getting a COVID test, leaving his post unattended.  Not what an actual sentry would do).  That said, you wouldn’t expect the White House to confirm one way or the other that that security question has a readable-code answer.  Someone tweeted that this happened once during the Trump administration.]

The absence of a Marine sentry outside the West Wing on Monday raised questions about whether President Biden was keeping the schedule publicly outlined by his aides.

Why it matters: A sure way to tell if the president is inside the Oval Office is if the spit-shined Marine is at the post, opening the door to the West Wing. A pool reporter questioning whether there had been a change in policy received a simpler, circa-2021 response: the Marine was getting a COVID test.

 

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