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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced in a tweet Saturday that he has checked into a hospital, after tweeting earlier in day that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Christie, who helped President Trump with debate prep, became the latest person in close proximity to the president to contract the virus. Others who have tested positive include first lady Melania Trump, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, senior White House adviser Hope Hicks, and former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Characterizing the decision as a “precautionary measure,” the Republican politician cited a history of asthma as a contributing factor.
“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” Christie said in a tweet. “While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure.”
“I am thankful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to coming home soon,” he added, in a follow-up tweet.
I am thankful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to coming home soon.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 3, 2020
Christie and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani were reportedly among the small group involved in debate prep — Giuliani has tested negative for Covid-19.
In an appearance last week on ABC’s Good Morning America, Christie said no one in the group was wearing masks.
“No one was wearing masks in the room when we were prepping the president during that period of time, and we were … the group was about five or six people in total,” he said.
Chris Christie on debate prep with Trump: “No one was wearing masks in the room when we were prepping the president during that period of time, and we were … the group was about five or six people in total.” pic.twitter.com/RUzHaqyAJd
— The Recount (@therecount) October 2, 2020
The media, in a quest to fault President Trump for contracting the virus, and further smear him as incompetent, jumped on Christie’s remarks to disparage the campaign for not wearing masks.
However, in most cases, people are tested for the coronavirus before engaging with the president.
The media has been pushing the narrative that the Sept. 26 White House nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett was the “superspreader event.”
The idea of hugging anyone who is not my wife right now is unthinkable. These people, either by virtue of taxpayer-funded daily testing or sheer ignorance, are afforded things those of us with families or loved ones who would die if infected have been denied for months. pic.twitter.com/2pCSBwtFZ0
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 26, 2020
Others suggest that it may have been the debate prep.
However, campaign communications strategist Jason Miller, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and communications director Alyssa Farah were also part of the team, according to the Associated Press.
There have been no reports that any of these individuals have tested positive.
Sen. Mike Lee, who was at the White House ceremony, said everyone had tested negative for Covid-19 that same day, according to Townhall’s Guy Benson.
I’ve seen people sharing a video of Sen. Mike Lee (who now has COVID) hugging people at the Rose Garden ACB announcement ceremony.
Lee tells me that he, and everyone he knew at the event, tested negative *that day,* as a condition for admittance. Seems like an important fact.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 3, 2020
Not that this prevented the November-minded media from attacking the president.
All they had to do is distance the chairs. They couldn’t even do the bare minimum. People should be fired over this. People would be fired over this in a normal admin. https://t.co/u73aoYQqa4
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) October 3, 2020
While the media ran with photos of various officials closely interacting with Barrett at the event, to include Lee, the White House announced Friday that the judge had tested negative.
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