Trump announces that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19

Rudy Giuliani at a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photos
  • President Donald Trump announced Sunday that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • The former mayor of New York City was being treated at Georgetown University Medical Centre, according to The New York Times.
  • Giuliani has made a string of public appearances in recent days as the face of Trump’s legal effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
  • He participated in Republican events in Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona that featured few masks and little social distancing.
  • Giuliani’s son, Andrew, also recently tested positive for the virus. Overall, more than three dozen people in Trump’s orbit, including the president, have tested positive.
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President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that his personal defence attorney Rudy Giuliani had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.^tfw

“Rudy Giuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” Trump tweeted. “Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!”

Giuliani’s condition is unclear, but The New York Times reported on Sunday afternoon that he was being treated at Georgetown University Medical Centre.

The former New York City mayor has made a string of public appearances in recent days as the face of Trump’s faltering legal efforts to reverse the 2020 election results. Giuliani participated in multiple Republican events in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia, which primarily featured Trump lawyers and GOP officials making vague and unspecified allegations of widespread voter fraud and election-rigging.

The events, which the GOP described as “hearings,” featured few masks and little social distancing. Giuliani was often seen without a mask while interacting with others and sitting inches away from another Trump campaign lawyer, Jenna Ellis, who was also not wearing a face covering.

The president’s legal team said Giuliani tested negative “immediately preceding his trip to Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia” and did not experience symptoms of COVID-19 until more than two days after his return, CNN reported.

A person with COVID-19 may be contagious up to 72 hours before experiencing symptoms, according to Harvard Medical School.

In a statement Sunday, Georgia state Sen. William Ligon, who chaired a “voter fraud” meeting at the state capitol on Thursday, said he was advising those present “to take every precaution.”

Giuliani “was in close proximity to senators, Senate staff, members of the media, and the general public,” Ligon noted.

Last month, Giuliani was also at a news conference held by Trump’s legal team at the Republican National Committee headquarters. He made headlines when he was seen at the presser with hair dye trickling down his face as he coughed and blew his nose into a handkerchief, which he then used to wipe his face.

Giuliani’s son, Andrew, also tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Overall, according to NBC News, more than 50 people in the president’s orbit have tested positive for the virus, including Trump; the first lady, Melania Trump; Barron Trump; the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows; the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany; the White House senior advisor Stephen Miller and his wife, Katie Miller, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence; the senior counselor to the president, Hope Hicks; and several other members of the White House staff and press corps.

The US has reported the most COVID-19 cases of any country, with more than 14 million confirmed cases and nearly 282,000 reported deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.