Tuesday, the White House was reopened for tours, except by those who are non-U.S. citizens, including tourists from Britain, Australia, Canada, and Denmark.
While American citizens must arrange a visit to the White House through a member of Congress, foreign visitors are told to contact their respective Washington embassies for such scheduling.
However, several foreign embassies report that the State Department has indicated non-U.S. citizens cannot currently visit the presidential residence.
In response, the Australian embassy stated, “The U.S. Department of State has NOT facilitated embassy-sponsored public tours of The White House since 2011.”
The Danish embassy remarked, “Although the White House’s website directs foreign nationals to contact their embassy to arrange a tour, we have been instructed by the U.S. Department of State that such tours are not possible at the present time.”
It was added, “We will, of course, update this website as soon as the Department of State enables us to arrange tours of the White House again.”
In a helpful suggestion, the Canadian embassy directed its nationals to visit the White House Visitor Center, a property open to all visitors. “You might also consider free guided tours of other iconic American institutions, including the Pentagon, the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Washington Monument,” the embassy added.
The Daily Mail notes that it is unclear if this is a deliberate ban, or simply a hiatus while the White House puts different processing systems for visitors in place.
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H/T: Daily Mail
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