President Donald Trump had a busy day on Sunday: just hours after serving as the honorary grand marshal in the opening ceremonies of the annual Daytona 500 race in Florida, he attended the wedding of two top White House officials in Washington, D.C.
According to Politico, Trump was in attendance as his senior adviser Stephen Miller married Katie Waldman, who serves as press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence.
The White House officially confirmed in a statement to reporters on Sunday night: “The President is at Trump International Hotel for the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Miller.”
Earlier in the day, the president and first lady arrived at the race track in Daytona on Air Force One, which conducted a low and slow flyover of the speedway. Ahead of the race, the president gave a short speech, delivered the iconic “start your engines” command, and even paced the field with a lap around the track in the presidential limo known as “The Beast.”
Trump cracks jokes at adviser’s wedding
The New York Post, citing a social media post from a reporter, revealed that President Trump delivered some brief remarks at the marriage ceremony at his namesake hotel in Washington, D.C. — remarks that included some good-natured mocking of his top aide, Miller.
Trump reportedly joked that Miller “is the only one who could have a damn wedding in the middle of Presidents’ Day weekend. I’m sure it didn’t affect anybody here,” he said.
He also reportedly joked about how the wedding forced him to leave early from the racing action in Daytona — which was unfortunately postponed until Monday shortly after it began due to rain — but added that he didn’t want to risk upsetting the new bride.
“I think Steve would understand. I don’t think Katie would. But that’s okay,” he joked.
A match made in the White House
The Post noted that the president and first lady stayed at the wedding at the hotel for about two hours, based on reports from the press pool, who waited outside while the ceremony and reception were held.
For his part, Miller is one of the few aides to President Trump who has remained steadfastly by his side since before he was sworn into office; he joined the Trump campaign in January of 2016. Since that time, he has risen to become one of Trump’s top advisers, policy architects, and speechwriters.
Waldman, prior to becoming the chief spokesperson for the vice president, served as the spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The now-wedded couple, who were engaged in November of 2019, reportedly became close after working together in the White House and being introduced to each other by mutual friends in 2018.