2020-05-07 16:30:49 UTC
A member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump's personal
valets has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN has learned Thursday, 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 he 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 valets 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
Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the senior staffers who regularly interact
with them are still being tested weekly for coronavirus, two people familiar
told CNN. The White House is continuing to use the rapid Abbott Labs test, which
provide results in about 15 minutes. Several officials who have received the
test said it's often administered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building,
next door to the West Wing on the White House grounds. A medical official swabs
the staffer's nostrils and informs them that they'll be notified within the next
several minutes if it's positive.
This story is breaking and will be updated.