White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for Covid-19, as per her tweet on Monday morning.
McEnany is the latest White House staff member to test positive for the virus, adding to questions about the scope of the West Wing outbreak. She continued to publicly avoid wearing masks in the days when President Donald Trump and other staff members and outside advisers tested positive for the virus.
McEnany also wrote Monday that she will “start the quarantine process,” which means that she will isolate herself.
When the White House was conducting a contact tracing following the diagnosis of Trump’s senior adviser, Hope Hicks, McEnany learned that she had been in close contact with Hicks and was removed from the president’s fundraising trip to New Jersey. She was not told until later that afternoon that Hicks had tested positive, reaffirming in her statement Monday that she was “definitely not aware” of this until the briefing. McEnany said he had tested negative “every day since Thursday.”
McEnany last briefed reporters in the meeting room Thursday morning, hours before the president’s diagnosis was announced. On Friday, she appeared on Fox News and removed her mask to speak to reporters in the White House hallway. She spoke to reporters again on Sunday night and was not wearing a mask.
After President and First Lady Melania Trump, there are several known positive cases of coronavirus in or near the White House, including Hicks, Trump’s security person Nick Luna, former White House aide Kellyanne. Conway, Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Republican Senators Thom Tillis, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson.