Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19, along with at least one other aide to the president.
Two senior administration officials confirmed the diagnosis to the Associated Press.
The reports came just days after Meadows appeared with Trump at a White House event along with numerous people who were not wearing masks.
Neither Meadows nor the White House has commented or confirmed that he contracted the virus and little is known about when or if he has developed symptoms, but advisers told reporters on Friday night that he shared the news with others at the White House after Tuesday’s election.
The news came during a week that the US set daily records for confirmed cases during the pandemic, which has so far killed more than 236,000 Americans.
Meadows was seen in the early hours of Wednesday morning without a mask on, standing close to the president’s family, as Trump took the stage to illegitimately and prematurely declare himself the winner in an election it looks increasingly unlikely he can win.
Nick Trainer, a Trump campaign aide, also has tested positive for the virus according to Bloomberg and sources say at least three other aids also have the disease. Meadows and Trainer would add to the roughly three dozen White House associates who have already gotten the virus, including the president and the first lady.
The new outbreak inside the White House comes as the US faces grim new records. On Thursday, roughly 122,000 new cases were reported and more than 9.7 million people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the US.
In late October, Meadows admitted that the Trump administration was no longer working to “control the pandemic”.
Source – The Guardian