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Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is the youngest in the president’s inner circle to test positive for the coronavirus, a campaign official confirmed to NPR.
Stepien took over the campaign in July, replacing Brad Parscale. He was previously the campaign’s deputy manager. According to Politico, he has mild symptoms and “plans to quarantine until he recovers”.
Trump announced early Friday that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus. The President is currently at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the recommendation of his doctor. He thanked his well-wishers for their support in a short video posted on Twitter and said he felt “very good”.
The president’s diagnosis came hours after Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s close advisors, tested positive for the coronavirus. Hicks had traveled with him to both the debate on Tuesday and a rally in Minnesota the next day. Stepien was also at the debate on Tuesday.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Friday that he and his wife had both tested negative for the coronavirus. After announcing his test results, Biden said in a tweet that he hoped this would serve as a reminder to “wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands. He also tweeted his good wishes to him President and the first lady and said he would do it. ” be “pray for the health and safety of the President and his family.”
Kellyanne Conway, a former White House adviser, also announced that she had tested positive for the coronavirus late Friday. Conway no longer works at the White House but recently attended a ceremony in the Rose Garden after Trump formally nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had become. A few others who attended the event also tested positive, including Hicks, Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, and John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame University.
Conway said in a tweet that she had mild symptoms and had “started a quarantine process” after consulting her doctors.
Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (slight cough) and I am fine. I have initiated a quarantine process in consultation with doctors.
As always, my heart goes out to everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️
– Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020
“As always, my heart goes out to everyone affected by this global pandemic,” she wrote.