White House press secretary tests positive for coronavirus
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for coronavirus, she announced in a statement. She is not experiencing symptoms, is in quarantine and has not had “close contacts”.
“After constantly testing negative, including every day since Thursday, this Monday I have tested positive for Covid-19, although I do not experience any symptoms,” says McEnany in a statement posted on her Twitter account. Yesterday she had a brief meeting with journalists without wearing a mask, according to AFP.
“No reporter, producer or member of the press is considered close contact according to the White House medical team,” the statement continues, in which the press secretary defends that “she had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis before holding a press conference at the White House on Thursday. ”
Hope Hicks, 31, is the advisor Donald Trump pointed to as the first contagion in his closest circle. Hicks contagion was the reason why the US president began isolation and underwent the test in which he tested positive.
Since Trump’s announcement last Friday, the positive cases among people who have been or work in the White House have been constant, in the middle of the final stretch of the presidential elections in the US and with an open battle in the Senate to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court.
The president of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel; Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien; former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; former adviser Kellyane Conway or Senators Ron Johnson, Thom Tillis and Mike Lee have announced their positive in recent days. Several attended the September 26 presentation of Trump’s Supreme Court candidate, Amy Coney Barrett, in the Rose Garden of the White House.