Let's say a POTUS is elected who lives with a friend. They're basically family, whether they be his girlfriend, or just his bro, or whatever. Would they be allowed to live with them as part of the "first family"? Or must they be related more or less?

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    Are you asking if the POTUS can up his mates on the couch in the white house? – SleepingGod Jun 10 '17 at 21:54
  • I'm asking what the rules are for who is and isn't allowed to live in the white house with the POTUS. – Tirous Jun 10 '17 at 22:57
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    "just bro" - cough Willian R. King cough – user4012 Jun 11 '17 at 16:59

During the Bill Clinton administration, there were allegations that he was selling access to the Lincoln Bedroom. So he released a list of visitors:

The release lists 404 “family members, friends and supporters, public officials and others” who have spent the night at the White House or the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland since Mrs. Clinton effectively launched her campaign last July in New York.

Making the List

The list is broken into five categories: “Arkansas Friends,” “Longtime Friends,” “Officials and Dignitaries,” “Arts and Letters and Sports,” and “Friends and Supporters.”

So there don't seem to be any limitations.

It's possible that the Secret Service may have some ability to reject visitors or residents for security reasons. But they don't publish any criteria on that.

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