Days after US President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has said that she has also been infected by the virus.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany (AP photo)
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for Covid-19. She is among the several high-profile officials in US President Donald Trump’s immediate circle to be hit by the deadly virus.
After President Trump and the first lady, the 32-year-old is the highest-ranking White House official to be tested positive for Covid-19, the deadly virus that has so far killed more than 200,000 Americans this year.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“No reporters, producers or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit,” she said.
“Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’s diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” she said, referring to her press meet in the White House on that day while not wearing a mask.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020
Hope Hicks, a close aide of the president and the first lady, was the first senior White House official last week to have tested positive. Soon thereafter Trump and his wife Melania tested positive.
“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,” McEnany said.
Several White House staffers have tested positive with Covid-19 in recent months, including National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller and Trump body man Nick Luna.