- Members of the military assigned to support the president have reportedly contracted COVID-19 since the President Trump tested positive last week.
- A military aide and a presidential valet, also a member of the military, have tested positive, according to Bloomberg News.
- Since Trump’s return to the White House after a short stay in the hospital, there have been concerns that Trump is endangering White House staff.
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US military service members assigned to support President Donald Trump have reportedly contracted COVID-19 since the president tested positive last week.
CNN first reported Tuesday that a military aide who works closely with the president tested positive over the weekend, reporting that was confirmed by The New York Times. The service member in question was a member of the Coast Guard, Bloomberg News reported.
One of the president’s valets, a member of the military who recently travelled with the president, had also tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bloomberg.
The White House did not provide Insider with comment on the reports that service members supporting the president had fallen ill.
Trump announced on Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and on Friday, he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre. The president, likely still infectious, returned to the White House, reportedly much to the dismay of White House staff.
Trump has taken significant criticism for leaving the hospital on Sunday in a motorcade to acknowledge supporters outside, a move that some say unnecessarily risked the health of his Secret Service detail. Now that he is back at the White House, there are concerns he is putting staff in danger.
“It’s insane that he would return to the White House and jeopardize his staff’s health when we are still learning of new cases among senior staff,” a White House source told Axios. “This place is a cesspool.”
Several members of the president’s team, such as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have tested positive for the virus.
After close aide Hope Hicks, who tested positive just prior to the president’s public acknowledgement that he too had tested positive, contracted the virus, Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that military or law enforcement might be to blame for infecting members of the White House staff.
“It’s very hard when you’re with soldiers, when you’re with airmen, when you’re with the Marines, and the police officers,” he said. “When they come over to you, it’s very hard to say, ‘Stay back. Stay back.’ You know, it’s a tough kind of a situation. It’s a terrible thing.”
“It is very, very hard when you are with people from the military or from law enforcement and they come over to you,” Trump said. “They want to hug you, and they want to kiss you because we really have done a good job for them.”
“You get close, and things happen,” he said.
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