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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
Weeks after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19 and recovered, Meadows and at least four other White House aides learned they had tested positive, according to Bloomberg News. The chief of staff apparently learned he was infected after election night on Tuesday.
With the presidential race still undecided, as lawsuits are filed and vote counting continues in several battleground states, Meadows reportedly told advisers “after Tuesday’s election,” according to Bloomberg which noted that “it wasn’t immediately clear when Meadows learned that he had contracted the virus or whether he had developed symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.”
Meadows was reportedly “doing well,” a White House official told Fox News.
(Source: Fox 5 San Diego)
Trump had been treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland in early October following his diagnosis. He recovered back at the White House after a weekend at the facility and as several other White House officials tested positive for coronavirus.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, senior adviser Hope Hicks, and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna reportedly had the virus as well as former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien. Many of those who tested positive were at the same Rose Garden event with the president to formally nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court back in September.
Vice President Mike Pence has not been infected with COVID-19 but his chief of staff, Marc Short, and three other staffers tested positive late last month.
Meadows’ positive test results came amid tense days as the president’s campaign team battle multiple issues with Tuesday’s election numbers. The former North Carolina lawmaker has frequently been seen with the president on the campaign trail and was with Trump when he visited his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. Later that evening, he was reportedly at a White House gathering that included members of Trump’s family.
Mark Meadows at the RNC Annex in Arlington, VA, Nov. 3, Election Day pic.twitter.com/JeVDk8RV5j
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 7, 2020
Bloomberg claimed that people around Meadows were “told to keep quiet” about the diagnosis.
NEWS: Along with Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, at least FOUR other White House aides currently have coronavirus, per sources.
Pains were taken to keep Meadows’ illness a secret, I’m told. And people around him who knew were told to keep quiet.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 7, 2020
One of Meadows’ closest aides, Cassidy Hutchinson, is part of the group of others who tested positive for COVID-19 as well as Trump campaign aide, Nick Trainer.
There have been over 9.6 million COVID-19 cases and over 234,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins. The nation hit a new high with nearly 122,000 new daily coronavirus cases, reported on Thursday.