Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Tests Positive For COVID-19
Another staff member in close proximity to Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien is reportedly the latest member of the Trump administration to be diagnosed with the virus.
The virus has hit Donald Trump’s administration and campaign before, with his own valet and Mike Pence’s secretary among the first in the president’s inner circle to test positive. Then, campaign staff sent ahead to set up the rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month tested positive, and Secret Service members were forced into isolation due to exposure. Trump has even joked that he’s got to protect his staff and avoid getting the virus himself, lest Nancy Pelosi end up serving as President, if he and Pence are both incapacitated.
Raw Story reports that the news of O’Brien’s illness follows several other high-level staff members, including Council of Economic Advisers acting chairman Tomas Philipson last month.
Though numerous members of Trump’s administration and campaign have reportedly tested positive, the only member of his family who has publicly revealed a positive COVID-19 test is his daughter-in-law, Kimberly Guilfoyle. The White House announced early on that everyone who comes into contact with Trump or Pence must be tested, and Kayleigh McEnany has said that the president is tested regularly, sometimes multiple times per day.
While Trump has downplayed the risks of the coronavirus pandemic, he was reportedly more concerned when advisors explained to him that the virus is hitting “our people” — and is genuinely concerned that red states and republican voters could be affected.