White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday that she tested positive for the coronavirus, a diagnosis made as President Donald Trump remains in hospital with the virus.
“After testing negative results regularly, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning with no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement she posted on Twitter.
“No reporters, producers, or media representatives are listed as close contacts by the White House medical department.”
McEnany briefed reporters at the White House last Thursday, hours before it was revealed that Trump’s agent Hope Hicks had tested positive for Covid-19. Trump’s diagnosis and that of his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, were revealed shortly afterwards.
“I was definitely unaware of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis before I held a press conference at the White House on Thursday,” McEnany wrote on her Twitter post.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany takes off her face covering before speaking to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus.
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“As a key contributor at this point, I was working diligently to provide the American people with the information they needed,” she wrote.
“With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and continue to work remotely on behalf of the American people.”
In White House circles, McEnany has become a symbol of how narrow the early diagnoses of Covid-19 were among senior officials.
While Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus early Thursday, McEnany was neither immediately informed of the diagnosis nor that she had been exposed to the virus until press reports about Hicks surfaced on Thursday evening.
In the hours between Hicks’ test positive and when McEnany found out about it, she informed the press in the White House briefing room without wearing a mask.
Melania Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, who preceded McEnany as White House press secretary, declined to comment on McEnany’s disclosure on Monday.
– Additional coverage from CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger
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