December 14th According to a report by the U.S. media on the 13th, Robert O’Brien, a national security adviser to the United States, will visit Europe and secretly take his wife with him to take a “romantic” trip.
According to Axios, a US political news website, the White House said that O’Brien would travel to Paris, France, on the 14th to participate in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Convention.
However, the White House issued the news after being questioned by Axios.
In addition, official sources do not mention that O’Brien’s wife will follow him, and other destinations he visited include Rome, London and other places.
O’Brien also plans to take his wife on a “private visit” to the Louvre, France, which has been suspended due to the epidemic, sources said. A spokesman for the National Security Council said: “We will not respond to the participation of the spouse of officials in a certain visit
but as long as O’Brien’s wife participates in the official visit, all the extra expenses incurred will be covered by them themselves and will not cost taxpayers’ money.”
A diplomat told Axios that having a spouse on a trip is “depressing” because government workers need to follow at all times and that every extra person increases the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.
In addition, O’Brien himself contracted the novel coronavirus in July.