White House Chief Meadows Tries to Hide Positive Coronavirus Diagnosis
Mask-hating, coronavirus-minimizing White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hasn’t been out front and center the past few days defending Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud – and now we know why. Meadows has the virus.
The former North Carolina congressman reportedly tested positive on Wednesday but instructed aides not to disclose his condition. Meadows mingled freely at Trump’s election party at the White House, which began Tuesday night and stretched late into Wednesday morning. He was among several hundred people, the vast majority maskless, who were together in the East Room for several hours to watch election returns.
Meadows also was seen without a mask at Trump’s campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., both Tuesday and Wednesday last week.
In addition, at least four other White House officials recently have tested positive for COVID-19, including Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’s closest aides. A senior Trump campaign aide, Nick Trainer, is also infected, according to The Washington Post.
In all, more than three dozen people associated with the president or the White House have been infected by the virus, including Trump, his wife Melania, and his youngest son, Barron, adviser Hope Hicks and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and other aides tested positive for the virus late last month, shortly before the election.
The New York Times is reporting that one White House official, who asked for anonymity because the official was not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said people were told to keep quiet about the various cases. That follows how Meadows reacted following the outbreak Pence’s office a few weeks ago.