White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, are the latest in the Trump administration to test positive for the coronavirus.
"After testing negative results on a regular basis, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning with no symptoms," McEnany said on Twitter. "No reporters, producers, or media representatives are listed as close contacts by the White House medical department."
It's not clear when Gilmartin, the principal press secretary, and Leavitt, the deputy press secretary, caught the virus. Her terms were released after McEnany admitted her condition on Twitter.
– Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020
McEnany, Gilmartin and Leavitt are among more than 18 people in Trump's circle who admit they have the virus since former senior advisor Hope Hicks tested positive last week. Others who have contracted the disease include Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien; President of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel; Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway; former Christian Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Republican Senators, Mike Lee (R-Utah); Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) And Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), As well as Nick Luna, the President's personal assistant.
In addition, three White House journalists and Notre Dame University President John Jenkins who attended an event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett also tested positive.
McEnany's admission sounded even worse when she said on an appearance on Fox News in February that, under Trump's leadership, "We're not going to see diseases like coronavirus coming here, we're not going to see terrorism coming here, and it's not that refreshing when." to contrast it with the terrible presidency of President (Barack) Obama? "
On the same day that Larry Kudlow said the coronavirus was "contained" on February 25, Trump's campaign spox made an even bolder claim.
"We're not going to see diseases like the coronavirus here … and isn't it refreshing when you contrast it with President Obama's terrible presidency." Pic.twitter.com/O0DDH3Rvkw
– Andrew Kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) April 4, 2020
According to USA Today, Trump has fallen further behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the polls since the news of his positive test. Today's USA Today poll found that 65% – including 9 in 10 registered Democrats and 5 in 10 registered Republicans – say that if Trump had "taken the coronavirus more seriously, he likely would not have been infected".
In addition, just over a third of Americans say Trump told the country the truth about the pandemic, and 55% say he didn't.