President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is engaged in a battle to prove allegations of voter fraud in response to the dubious results of the 2020 election, has contracted COVID-19.
The 76-year-old former New York City mayor is reportedly at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C., where he’s receiving treatment after complaining that he felt run-down,
The president shared the news that Giuliani “has tested positive for the China Virus,” urging his attorney to get well soon.
“@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” Trump tweeted. “Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!”
.@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2020
Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, a special assistant to the president, responded to Trump’s tweet to say his father ” is resting, getting great care and feeling well.”
“My Dad @RudyGiuliani is resting, getting great care and feeling well. Thank you to all the friends who have reached out concerned about his well being,” the son said in the tweet.
— Andrew H. Giuliani (@AndrewHGiuliani) December 6, 2020
The younger Giuliani tested positive for COVID-19 last month,
“I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including being in quarantine and conducting contact tracing,” he said in a Nov. 20 tweet.
Experiencing mild symptoms, he quarantined in his DC residence.
Giuliani appeared on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures earlier in the day, and has traveled to a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona recently, in the service of his duties as the president’s lawyer, according to the New York Post.
The Arizona legislature announced Sunday that it would shut down for a week “out of an abundance of caution for recent cases and concerns relating to COVID-19,” with the announcement coming after Giuliani’s diagnosis became public.
While the media rushed to tie the closure to Giuliani, noting he was maskless and not social distancing, the Trump campaign said in a release that Giuliani tested negative twice before his visits to Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia.
“The Mayor did not experience any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return,” the statement explained. “No legislators in any state or members of the press are on the contact-tracing list, under current CDC Guidelines.”
Trump campaign statement on Rudy Giuliani. pic.twitter.com/demehLrgjY
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 7, 2020
But that didn’t stop Democrats from grandstanding over the development to express alleged outrage.
Giuliani was attending hearings in Georgia on Thursday, three days before he tested positive, and Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan took to Twitter to complain.
“Little did I know that most credible death threat that I encountered last week was Trump’s own lawyer. Giuliani — maskless, in packed hearing room for 7 hours. To say I am livid would be too kind,” the Georgia state lawmaker tweeted.
Little did I know that most credible death threat that I encountered last week was Trump’s own lawyer.
Giuliani – maskless, in packed hearing room for 7 hours.
To say I am livid would be too kind. Sham senate hearing was travesty of justice. Now impact might go far beyond that.
— Jen Jordan (@senatorjen) December 6, 2020
Remarkably, Charles Bethea, a staff writer for the New Yorker, was able to confirm that Giuliani had COVID-19 before the patient ever tested positive, claiming that he was “infected” while in Georgia.
“These shots of Rudy spreading the virus around the Georgia State Capitol, while infected, are just unreal,” Bethea tweeted, along with a couple of photos of Giuliani interacting with people.
These shots of Rudy spreading the virus around the Georgia State Capitol, while infected, are just unreal. pic.twitter.com/s3svEwg9sF
— Charles Bethea (@charlesbethea) December 6, 2020
Democrats also used the event to push for mandatory requirements to wear masks, as the debate rages over how effective this may be in preventing the spread of the virus.
Arizona Democratic state Sen. Martin Quezada exploited the news to attack his GOP colleagues over the issue.
This is the epitome of #COVID19 irresponsibility by members of the #AZLeg @AZHouseGOP and @AZSenateGOP. You owe it to the very people who work in the Capitol buildings to be better than this. https://t.co/IYwi9eTaom
— Sen. Martín Quezada (@SenQuezada29) December 6, 2020
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