WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday she tested positive for COVID-19, adding that she would begin quarantining and that the White House medical unit does not list any members of the press as close contacts.
“Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” McEnany said in a statement, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser whose positive test results were revealed last Thursday, hours before Trump announced he and his wife also had contracted the deadly coronavirus.
She added that “as an essential worker,” she will continue to assume her role as the White House press secretary remotely.
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McEnany’s diagnosis comes as the president himself battles the illness along with several other close members of his team.
The wave of illnesses, particularly Trump’s diagnosis, have raised questions about how the upcoming presidential election may be impacted.
— With files from Global News’ Maham Abedi
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