President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the White House on Monday evening after being discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president had been receiving treatment at the military hospital after he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
While the day was marked by positive developments for the president, a high profile member of his administration got some unfortunate news. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Monday that she too has tested positive for the virus.
No symptoms, will work remotely
Several people close to the president, including former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, have tested positive for the virus. McEnany, who has also worked closely with the president recently, announced her diagnosis on Monday, Fox News reported.
“After testing negative constantly, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” a statement from McEnany read.
“No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by White House Medical Unit,” McEnany explained. “Moreover, I definitely had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.” Hicks, a senior advisor to the president, tested positive for the virus Thursday, according to media reports.
McEnany said she would work remotely while beginning the necessary quarantine process.
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide information to the American People at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely,” she said.
McEnany, Christie helped Trump prep for debate
As noted by Breitbart, McEnany was in close proximity to Trump last week as she assisted with his presidential debate preparation.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also worked with the president on the debate and has since tested positive for COVID-19 as well.
“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” Christie tweeted Saturday.
Christie has had respiratory problems in the past and had to be hospitalized in 2011 after he experienced difficulty breathing, Fox News reported. “While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure,” the former governor said.
The president, meanwhile, appears to be recovering well, tweeting Tuesday that he is “feeling great.”