Stephen Miller, the president’s longtime adviser, said Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The news came days after President Donald Trump announced that he was also infected, Politico reported.
“Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday,” Miller said in a statement, according to Politico. “Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine.”
Left-wing Twitter celebrates diagnosis
Miller is one of President Trump’s closest and longest-serving staffers. He is also a semi-regular object of ridicule and hatred on the left, due in part because of his tough stance on immigration.
The news of his illness inspired predictable delight from certain corners of social media, in echoes of the palpable joy that filled the liberal Twitter-verse after Trump was hospitalized for the virus.
“I cannot imagine being part of a moral system that isn’t happy that Stephen Miller is suffering and might die,” tweeted left-wing journalist David Klion.
“My thoughts and prayers to Stephen Miller and all his friends, family, and larvae,” wrote another user.
“This is the first time anyone has ever said anything positive about Stephen Miller,” was another reaction.
Trump staff sickened with virus
Miller’s wife, Katie, communications director for Vice President Mike Pence, had the virus in May, months before the recent flare-up that sickened President Trump, his wife Melania, and several staffers, including Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.
Miller and others thought he had an asymptomatic case of the virus after taking care of his wife in quarantine, so they were taken by surprise, a “person familiar with the matter” told Politico.
Trump, for his part, made a dramatic return to the White House on Tuesday, where he is recuperating after spending the weekend at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
After contracting the virus himself, the president had a message of strength for the American people, encouraging them not to fear the virus. “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t’ be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines,” he said in a video posted to Twitter.
The president still seems to be recovering well from the virus, tweeting on Tuesday, “FEELING GREAT!”