Stephen Miller, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed Tuesday.
He is the latest of several people in Trump’s inner circle who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past week. News of Miller’s positive test result come a day after Trump, who also has the viral disease, returned to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Statement from Stephen Miller: “Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 6, 2020
Miller is among those who helped Trump prepare for the last presidential debate. No one wore masks at any of those debate prep meetings, according to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has also tested positive.
The outbreak appears to have spread beyond the White House. The District of Columbia reported 105 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, marking the highest case count since June 3.
Despite the growing outbreak, a source familiar with the matter told The New York Times that the White House does not plan to do extensive contact tracing for people who attended a large celebration Sept. 26 at the White House Rose Garden for the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. That event is believed to be the source of multiple infections.
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