Dear Commons Community,
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19. President Donald Trump, several GOP lawmakers, and White House and Trump campaign officials have all reported testing positive in recent days.
McEnany has given at least two two White House press briefings — without wearing a mask — in the last week.
Early Friday morning, the White House announced that Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive, shortly after top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive. Hicks had been part of the team that traveled with Trump to the presidential debate in Cleveland last week.
By Friday afternoon, Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed. Throughout the weekend, White House officials gave conflicting information about the president’s condition, appearing to try to downplay the severity of the virus.
Many of the positive cases involve people who on Sept. 26 attended a Rose Garden ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The attendees were gathered with no masks and did not attempt to socially distance.
At this rate, the administration will have to consider sanitizing the entire White House!