Last week, an Australian diplomat met with Ivanka Trump along with other members of the Trump administration. Now, Fox News is reporting that he just tested positive for coronavirus.
Senior adviser to the president Ivanka Trump is now working from home in response to the possible exposure to the virus.
White House exposure
Peter Dutton serves as the Australian minister of home affairs, and he released a statement on Friday explaining the situation.
“This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat,” Dutton announced on Friday via Twitter. “I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19.”
“I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive,” Dutton continued. “It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and I have complied with their advice.”
The Australian official went on to explain that he was feeling all right and planned to “provide an update in due course.”
According to Fox News, Ivanka Trump worked from home on Friday “as a precautionary measure” but was exhibiting no coronavirus symptoms.
“The White House is aware that Mr. Dutton tested positive for COVID-19,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere was quoted as saying, but stressed, “He was asymptomatic during the interaction.”
Outbreak in Brazilian government
Dutton isn’t the first foreign figure to cause health concerns at the White House. A member of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet, Fabio Wajngarten, was also found to have coronavirus this week after meeting with Trump and Mike Pence at Mar-a-Lago.
Bolsonaro himself was reported to have the disease as well, but he has since said that those reports were false. The leader’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, told Fox News, “The information I have is the results that just came up telling that he is negative for coronavirus.”
“I think the best thing to do is everybody who was involved there, everybody who was there, should do the tests.” He added that his father was “okay.”
On Capitol Hill, a member of Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office was found to have coronavirus earlier this week, leading Cantwell to close her office. Cantwell joins a number of other lawmakers who have chosen to isolate themselves, although none have yet tested positive.