Reports suggest the spread in the West Wing is more rampant than first feared and a high ranking official may have contracted the virus.
Correspondent April Ryan tweeted: “I’m hearing on good authority that #coronavirus is more rampant in the #WhiteHouse than the public is being told.
“A very high-ranking individual may have also been impacted!”
I’m hearing on good authority that #coronavirus is more rampant in the #WhiteHouse than the public is being told. A very high-ranking individual may have also been impacted! The administration is currently mum on the matter, seeking prayers instead. #COVID19
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) May 11, 2020
CDC director Dr Robert Redfield and FDA Commissioner Dr Stephen Hahn are also in quarantine.
On Sunday, Kevin Hassett, Trump’s top economic adviser, admitted on Face the Nation, “it is scary to go to work.”
“I think that I’d be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing,” Hassett said. “It’s a crowded place. It’s, you know, it’s a little bit risky. But you have to do it because you have to serve your country.”
Trump has refused to wear a face covering despite his exposure to two White House workers who tested positive, including Miller — who is married to top aide Stephen Miller — and a valet who served the president his food without wearing a mask.
The New York Times reported that Trump was “annoyed to learn that Ms Miller tested positive and has been growing irritated with people getting too close to him.”
Fauci, Redfield, and Hahn are due to testify at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday and will be permitted to do so via video link — a one-off exception to the administration’s policies.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, the Republican chair of this committee, will do the same from his 14-day quarantine after a staff member in his office also tested positive.
White House staff received a memo on Friday titled, “Strong Precautions We Are Taking.”
Eleven secret service agents have also tested positive, while 23 have recovered, and 60 are currently self-quarantining, reports say.
On Monday, Trump tweeted that the coronavirus numbers are “going down.”
Some 80,000 American have died so far from the pandemic.
Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere. Big progress being made!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020