Donald Trump’s Campaign Staff, Secret Service Agents, Forced Into Quarantine After President’s “Slowdown” On Testing
While campaigning in Tulsa for his re-election, Donald Trump told an audience that he had asked for COVID-19 testing to be slowed down, since the number of new cases was making his administration look bad. Now, eight of his staff members have tested positive, and more are in quarantine, as are dozens of Secret Service members.
Back in May, several individuals who work close to the president and his administration tested positive for COVID-19, including Trump’s personal valet and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary. The White House appeared to take this seriously, with Pence even reportedly going into a brief self-isolation for safety.
However, by mid-June, Trump was ready to return to the campaign trail, and planning a rally in Tulsa. Even before the rally, which took place on June 20, several staffers who had gone ahead to prepare for the event tested positive for COVID-19. Now, only days later, CNN reports that two Secret Service members also tested positive, and an unspecified number of people in the campaign circle are self-quarantining.
An unspecified number of campaign staff who were part of the Tulsa event are in quarantine, and will need a negative test before returning to work. The number of Secret Service members in quarantine also hasn’t been disclosed, other than that it’s a few dozen.
During the event, Trump said he was slowing testing down, and reporters have since shared that screening sites at the White House have been removed.
Our Coronavirus testing is so much greater (25 million tests) and so much more advanced, that it makes us look like we have more cases, especially proportionally, than other countries. My message on that is very clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding. With smaller testing we would show fewer cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
After the Tulsa rally, Trump continued to tweet that testing is at fault for the number of COVID-19 cases. Though his staff has said he wasn’t serious about slowing testing down, when asked this by a reporter, Trump himself said firmly that he was not kidding.