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BREAKING: Disquiet as Trump's personal attendant tests positive for coronavirus

There's fears Trump could have been exposed to the virus.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

/ by National Pivot
US President Donald J. Trump
As the world battles to get the novel coronavirus under control since it was first reported back in November 2019, new reported cases of the virus continue to rise as more tests are being conducted across the world.

The United States has long become the epicenter of the virus and now records over 1.2 million cases and 75,000 deaths.


With such rapid rise in covid-19 cases in the United States, there were concerns that President Donald Trump might have been exposed to the virus through contacts with other officials working with his administration.

Although initially tests conducted saw Trump came out negative, the president had said those around him are regularly being tested thus giving him the confidence he has enough protection.



However, a recent report by CNN, said a member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, raising concerns about the President's possible exposure to the virus.

The valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work very close to the President and first family. Trump was upset when he was informed Wednesday that the valet had tested positive, a source told CNN, and the President was subsequently tested again by the White House physician.

In a statement, the White House confirmed CNN's reporting that one of the President's staffers had tested positive.


"We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health."

A White House source said the valet, a man who has not been identified, exhibited "symptoms" Wednesday morning, and said the news that someone close to Trump had tested positive for coronavirus was "hitting the fan" in the West Wing.



Trump, who is a self-described germophobe, has chastised aides before who coughed or sneezed in his presence. He has claimed to rarely get sick himself.

Trump said before traveling aboard Air Force One earlier this week that he was not concerned about being in close quarters with other people since those around him are regularly tested.

"The test result comes back in five minutes, and we have great testing. Or they wouldn't be allowed to travel with me," Trump said. "It's not my choice; it's a very strong group of people that want to make sure they are tested, including Secret Service."



According to the CDC guidelines, people who feel healthy but recently had close contact with a person with Covid-19 should stay home and monitor their health. They should quarantine by staying home until 14 days after their last exposure and should check their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms. The CDC also recommends they stay away from people who are at higher risk for becoming very ill.


The White House did not say whether Trump would adhere to those guidelines after his valet tested positive.

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