USA: Donald Trump confirms White House staffer testing positive for COVID-19

Sakal Times News Desk
Thursday, 17 September 2020

USA President Donald Trump confirmed that a White House staffer had tested positive for the novel coronavirus

USA President Donald Trump confirmed that a White House staffer had tested positive for the novel coronavirus but he added that the infected individual was “not associated” with him. The revelation has left many concerned as it came just a day after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE foreign minister signed a pact there.

While it was reported that several White House staffers have reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has refused to confirm the news.

According to tweets by Brazilian journalist Raquel Krahenbuhl, routine Covid-19 tests for White House reporters were delayed by some 30 minutes on Wednesday because they were told by staff members that "we had a couple of positives today", reports Xinhua news agency.

Krahenbuhl, joined by press pool reporters on the driveway at the White House complex, later asked Meadows if he had information about those positive tests.

"I don't comment on any health-related issues as it relates to the White House ever," Meadows responded. Several staffers and members of the White have tested positive for the virus in recent months.

In May it was revealed that a personal valet for Trump, who among other tasks serves the President his meals, had contracted the virus. That same month, Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary Katie Miller also tested positive.

(Inputs from IANS)

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