White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wears a mask as she walks to a TV interview at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 4, 2020.
Erin Scott | Reuters
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus, a diagnosis that comes as President Donald Trump remains hospitalized with the virus.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement that she posted on Twitter.
“No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.”
McEnany gave a briefing to reporters at the White House last Thursday, hours before Trump’s advisor Hope Hicks was revealed to have tested positive for Covid-19. Trump’s diagnosis was revealed shortly thereafter.
“I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” McEnany said.
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time,” she wrote.
“With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”
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