Trump’s Press Secretary Tests Positive For COVID-19
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has on Monday announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19, three days after President Donald Trump was hospitalized with the disease.
McEnany, who said she was going into quarantine following the diagnosis, stated;
After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms. No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.
McEnany emphasized that she had previously tested negatively “consistently” and is experiencing no symptoms.
The spokesperson is the latest White House staffer to test positive for the virus, adding to questions about how widespread the West Wing outbreak will become.
Two of McEnany‘s deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, have also tested positive for coronavirus.
White House press staff are working remotely, an official said, but some essential workers are still at the White House.
When the White House was doing contact tracing in the aftermath of top Trump adviser Hope Hicks‘ diagnosis, McEnany was told that she had been a close contact of Hicks.
In addition to the President and first lady Melania Trump, there are several known positive cases of coronavirus at or near the White House, including;
Hicks, Trump body man Nick Luna, an unnamed press staffer, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Republican Sens. Thom Tillis, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson.