June 17, 2024

White House staffer tests positive for COVID-19: report

Coronavirus is still showing up at the White House. According to CNBC Trump confirmed a member of his staff has tested positive for the virus. A journalist reportedly heard “a couple of positives today,” while at the White House and rumors quickly swirled there were more than one.

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But there is one confirmed case and Trump says he has had no contact with the individual who has tested positive. At a recent briefing, journalists asked press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who on the staff has been infected but she would not reveal the person’s name.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Holds Briefing
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The White House hosted a large gathering with world leaders yesterday but reports say the infected employee did not affect the gathering that took place on the South Lawn.

“I don’t share people’s personal medical information,” McEnany said to reporters.“We’re not going to confirm the identities,” McEnany said. “But it did not affect the event and press was not around,” the infected person.

But when Trump spoke in the White House briefing room he offered a bit more information.

“I heard about it this morning at a very small level,” Trump said, in reference to the sick staffer. Then he added, “Last night I heard about it for the first time, and it’s a small number of cases.”

But this isn’t the first time someone in the White House or close to Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus. Back in May, Trump’s driver was among the cases.

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But despite some reports that multiple staffers have tested positive, the President said, “It was one person,” he repeated, then adding, “not a person that I was associated with.”

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