Top Navy admiral skips White House meeting following possible coronavirus exposure: Report

The White House had yet another coronavirus scare over the weekend. This time, it involves one of the Navy’s top officers.

Politico reports that Michael Gilday, the Navy’s top admiral, missed a meeting at the White House on Saturday because he is in a self-imposed quarantine after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

What we know

According to reports, Gilday was in the proximity of a family member who tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. On Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed the situation.

Gilday recently made headlines for his remarks about stopping the spread of the coronavirus in the Navy. He was also involved in the ouster of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, who was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after a letter he wrote to Navy leaders about a COVID-19 outbreak on the ship was leaked to the press, as NPR reported.

Gilday will now enter isolation for at least a week, although he has thus far tested negative for the virus, according to Politico. The details of the admiral’s isolation have not been made public.

Not the only one

Unfortunately, Gilday is not the only one who is said to be self-quarantining. According to Politico, Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, is also self-isolating after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Lengyel tested negative on Saturday, however. He is expected to undergo another test Monday to, as the Pentagon put it, “confirm his negative status,” Politico reported.

Because of their exposure to the coronavirus, both Lengyel and Gilday were absent from a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting that took place at the White House on Saturday. The heads of the Army, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard did take part in the meeting, however.

Cases on the rise?

Gilday and Lengyel are now the third and fourth individuals who work at the White House to have been exposed to the coronavirus just in the last week. According to USA Today, President Donald Trump’s personal valet, also a member of the Navy, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

On Friday, it was revealed that Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, had also tested positive, according to Politico.

Miller joins more than 1.3 million Americans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 80,000 Americans have died from the disease.

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence are being tested daily for the disease, USA Today notes. The White House has maintained that both top executives have tested negative thus far.

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