Coming just days after President Trump’s positive test for COVID-19, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has announced says that she has also tested positive. McEnany is the latest in a long list of White House and Trump Administration staff who have been diagnosed.
She released a statement saying:
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms. No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitely had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday. As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely.”
In other related news, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has suggested that President Trump may be well enough to return to the White House as early as today. Speaking to Fox News, he said that “Spoke to the president this morning … He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.” He added that Trump “will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress.”
Meadows also said, “We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today, with his medical professionals making that determination later today.”