(TheFreedomFlag.com)- Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, revealed Monday via tweet that she has tested positive for coronavirus.
Up until this point, she had “consistently” tested negative, she said, and she currently isn’t experiencing any symptoms. McEnany said she would “begin the quarantine process” immediately, isolating herself.
Two deputies of McEnany, Karoline Leavitt and Chad Gilmartin, were also reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. The press staff of the White House are working remotely at this point, though some essential staffers remain at the White House.
During contact tracing the White House was conducting after Hope Hicks was confirmed positive, McEnany was notified that she was in close contact with Hicks. As a result, she didn’t travel with President Donald Trump to his fundraising event at his golf club in New Jersey.
McEnany wasn’t told until later that afternoon that Hicks had tested positive, and she confirmed she “definitely had no knowledge” of such prior to the briefing. According to the press secretary, she tested negative “every day since Thursday.”
McEnany joins what’s now a growing list of people close to the president who have tested positive for coronavirus since last week. While Hicks is one of the first to have been reported to test positive, there is no definitive “originator” of the outbreak as of yet.
Events such as Trump’s announcement of Amy Cony Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee at the Rose Garden last week are reported to be where many people were infected.
Other people who attended that event and have since tested positive for coronavirus include former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, University of Notre Dame president John Jenkins, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, First Lady Melania Trump, and Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
The outbreak has thrown Washington into upheaval over the last week. Trump was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday, where he has spent the last few days under closer observation from medical doctors there.
The other prominent people who have since tested positive for coronavirus are in self-isolation to protect the further spread. Some others who were at the event but haven’t tested positive as of yet, such as Attorney General William Barr, said they’d be self-quarantining out of an abundance of caution as well.
McEnany was last in a room briefing reporters last Thursday morning, about a day before Trump announced that he tested positive for coronavirus. She spoke with reporters again in the driveway of the White House on Friday and again on Sunday night. All three times, she didn’t wear a mask.
On Sunday, McEnany also cited privacy concerns when she said the White House wouldn’t be releasing the number of staffers in the West Wing who tested positive for COVID-19. She also wouldn’t reveal any more specific information about when Trump tested positive, nor the timeline for many events surrounding where he was, when and with whom.