At Least 130 Secret Service Officers Exposed To COVID-19, Infected Or Quarantining, After Trump Campaign Rally Week
Donald Trump’s final days of campaigning, between his COVID-19 infection and election day, were a mad rush for the last chance to push the election outcome into his favor. An unsurprising side effect is that the large crowds, frequent travel, and lack of safety measures have resulted in further spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Washington Post, more than 130 Secret Service members are currently affected by the virus, and have been ordered into either quarantine or isolation. That’s about 10% of the total 1,3000 or so Secret Service officers employed to guard the White House, Vice President’s residence, and provide security for presidential travel. There’s no official word on how many cases are if individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 infections, and how many are to self-isolate due to exposure.
Having such a large percentage of officers ill or removed from duty at once puts a strain on White House security.
This entirely predictable outcome is reminiscent of when Trump first resumed in-person rallies after the pandemic hit, with campaign and security staff testing positive or being quarantined for exposure after his Tulsa rally.
However, following Trump’s campaign loss to Joe Biden, these risks should be reduced. The president has barely been seen since the election. According to Raw Story, he’s being described as “humiliated” and unwilling to show his face. Though he’s still tweeting, and his campaign is still raising legal funds and suing to alter the outcome of the election, the cessation of rallies and travel will likely reduce the strain on the Secret Service.