White House staffers were upset other DC employees got to tour the site before them, Politico said.
The White House set aside three days for staffers and their families to see the holiday decor.
In Politico's "West Wing Playbook," officials shared low morale and a lack of appreciation.
White House staffers told Politico that it was "beyond demoralizing" to see other DC employees getting to tour the White House before them.
In Wednesday's "West Wing Playbook" newsletter, an unspecified number of unnamed White House staffers expressed low morale and a lack of appreciation working for the Biden administration.
The atmosphere was exemplified as the White House set aside three days for staffers to bring their friends and family to tour the building and see the holiday decor, using a lottery system to dole out slots for staffers to come in, the newsletter said.
White House Operations later asked employees to volunteer to staff five extra days for tours for non-White House staff. Some disgruntled staffers groused over "DC Randos" posting to social media that they'd visited the White House, Politico reported.
"No one expects business as usual during the pandemic, but it's beyond demoralizing, it's insulting — especially when you see DNC and Hill staff and other DC types get invited," one White House official told Politico. "Many colleagues have brought this up to me unprompted. And I've had DC friends ask me if I wanted to grab coffee after they attended."
The official added, "Meanwhile, we work here, and most of us haven't worked here before or stepped foot into the White House."
Representatives from the White House didn't immediately return Insider's request for comment.
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