White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany mentioned Monday that she has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, a prognosis that comes as President Donald Trump stays hospitalized with the virus.
McEnany is the twelveth individual within the White Home, related to Trump’s re-election marketing campaign, Republican members of Congress who has examined optimistic for Covid-19 since final Thursday.
“After testing unfavourable constantly, together with daily since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning whereas experiencing no signs,” McEnany mentioned in a press release that she posted on Twitter.
“No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as shut contacts by the White Home Medical Unit.”
McEnany gave a briefing to reporters on the White Home final Thursday, hours earlier than Trump’s advisor Hope Hicks was revealed to have examined optimistic for Covid-19. Trump’s prognosis, and that of his spouse, first woman Melania Trump, was revealed shortly thereafter.
“I definitively had no information of Hope Hicks’ prognosis previous to holding a White Home press briefing on Thursday,” McEnany wrote in her Twitter submit.
White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany takes off her face masking earlier than talking with reporters outdoors the West Wing of the White Home on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Girl Melania Trump have each examined optimistic for coronavirus.
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“As a vital employee, I’ve labored diligently to offer wanted data to the American Individuals right now,” she wrote.
“With my current optimistic take a look at, I’ll start the quarantine course of and can proceed engaged on behalf of the American Individuals remotely.”
The opposite folks related to Trump who’ve examined optimistic since Thursday are Trump marketing campaign supervisor Invoice Stepien, Republican Nationwide Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey govenor Chris Christie, three Republican senators, Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, in addition to Nick Luna, the president’s private assistant.
In White Home circles, McEnany has grow to be an emblem of how carefully held the early diagnoses of Covid-19 had been amongst high-ranking officers.
Whereas Hicks examined optimistic for the coronavirus early Thursday, McEnany was not instantly knowledgeable of the prognosis, nor that she herself had been uncovered to the virus, till Thursday night, when press studies started to emerge about Hicks.
Within the hours between Hicks’ optimistic take a look at and when McEnany discovered of it, she briefed the press within the White Home briefing room, whereas not carrying a masks.
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, who preceded McEnany as White Home press secretary, declined to touch upon McEnany’s disclosure Monday.
McEnany informed reporters on Saturday that she had examined unfavourable, and he or she was seen carrying a masks on White Home grounds on Friday when the president was moved to Walter Reed Navy Medical Heart.
However on Sunday, she eliminated her masks so as to tape an look on Fox Information. She eliminated it once more moments afterwards to talk to reporters gathered on the White Home North Garden.
Not less than three journalists who had been on the White Home over the previous week have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, based on the White Home Correspondents Affiliation.
As of Sunday night time, the White Home had not reached out to any of the contaminated correspondents to conduct contact tracing.
– Extra reporting by CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger
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