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Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for coronavirus, adding to toll on White House

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement posted to Twitter. “No reporters, producers, members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.

“Moreover, I definitely had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday. As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time.

She added: “With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany takes off her face covering before speaking with reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McEnany becomes the latest member of the Trump administration or campaign to test positive for the coronavirus. Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s top aides, was diagnosed with the virus Thursday. Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced their positive tests early Friday.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, former White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who along with Hicks helped prepare Trump for his debate with Joe Biden on Sept. 29, tested positive in recent days, along with at least three Republican senators.

Trump was hospitalized for treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday. Christie checked himself into a hospital in Morristown, N.J., on Saturday. The others, including Melania Trump, have said they are self-quarantining at home.

McEnany briefed reporters on the president’s condition on Sunday night. She was not wearing a mask.

Source: Yahoo News

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