White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke out on Friday in favor of defending President Donald Trump for his trip to New Jersey, despite learning that his advisor Hope Hicks, who had been with him all week, was positive had tested for COVID-19.
McEnany defends Trump
President Trump and his wife Melania have since tested positive for coronavirus and have been quarantined at the White House. On Friday morning, McEnany stated that White House operations had cleared Trump for the trip to his Bedminster golf resort, where he held a fundraiser Thursday afternoon.
“It was considered safe for the President to go. He was socially distant, it was an outdoor event, and White House operations deemed it safe to attend that event, ”McEnany said, according to the New York Post. "White House operations have concluded that it is safe for the President to consult with others."
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This came after Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announced that Hicks's diagnosis had been corrected when Trump was about to leave the White House on Marine One around 12:45 p.m.
"I can tell you about Hope Hicks that we discovered this when Marine One took off yesterday," Meadows said. "We actually drew some of the people who had traveled and were in close contact."
Trump's COVID diagnosis
Trump traveled to Bedminster and participated in his fundraiser before returning to the White House, where he was tested for COVID-19. He and Melania received their positive results late Thursday evening. The news was posted around 1 a.m.
Although no one in the Trump family tested positive for coronavirus, it was confirmed Friday afternoon that there were two more COVID-19 cases in the White House. It was reported that a reporter and a staff member were the people who tested positive.
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A memo from CNN anchor Brian Stelter said the reporter was last seen at the White House on Saturday when Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by the Supreme Court. The journalist then traveled on Air Force One to the President's rally in Pennsylvania that night.
The infected White House employee was identified as someone from the "lower press". These are the staff and media officers who sit right behind the meeting room and work with reporters every day.
This piece was written by James Samson on October 3rd, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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