Larry Kudlow, Director of the United States National Economic Council, spoke on CNBC Wednesday morning about the extra safety precautions being taken around the White House, and said that Donald Trump had actually been in the Oval Office the day before. A White House Communications Official is denying it.
Mixed messages are coming out of the White House again regarding Donald Trump’s health and activities. Speaking to CNBC, Larry Kudlow said, “The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions.”
Economic Director Larry Kudlow says the White House's ramped-up coronavirus precautions include contact tracing, and staff working remotely following President Trump's covid diagnosis. Kudlow denied to reveal if Trump has been wearing a mask indoors. https://t.co/MNKRu0MxNj pic.twitter.com/LgxOhjfSVJ
— CNBC (@CNBC) October 7, 2020
The government is functioning. The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions with respect to his covid19. He’s getting a lot better, he’s much stronger, so there was some limited activity. A lot of people are working from home, they are teleworking just to be safe and precautionary.
When asked if Trump wore a mask in the Oval Office, and who else was there, Kudlow replied, “I can’t be specific Joe…the president as you’ve seen, has been masking quite a bit, and everyone else who comes into contact in the Oval — the traffic is limited, as you might expect, but there are additional precautions.”
Meanwhile, Ben Williamson, a White House Communications Advisor, denied this emphatically, saying that while Trump wanted to be in the Oval Office, he stayed in quarantine in his residence as per CDC protocol. However, he hinted that Trump might still leave quarantine and insist on returning to the Oval Office in the immediate future.
While the President wanted to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he was not there—he stayed back in the residence working from there. Safety preparations have been underway in the event he moves to working out of the Oval in the coming days.
— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) October 7, 2020
The mixed messages confound reporters and the public alike.
🚨 After Mark Meadows told reporters, moments ago, that Trump *wanted* to go to the Oval Office yesterday, Larry Kudlow reveals to CNBC: “The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions."
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 7, 2020
At this point, numerous people in or close to the White House, including senators, the Press Secretary and aides, advisor Stephen Miller, Governor Chris Christie, and others, have tested positive for COVID-19. Donald Trump’s positive test is reported to have been Thursday night, meaning that he has not yet passed even a week of the ten-day quarantine period.
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