A top White House official has been diagnosed with COVID-19, Bloomberg News reported on Monday morning.
The White House confirmed in a statement that National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has contracted the virus but has “mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off-site.”
O’Brien is the highest-ranking Trump administration official to contract the virus, bringing the impact of the pandemic closer to home than ever for President Trump.
O’Brien reportedly contracted the disease while attending a family event when he was “taking a few days off from work.” The adviser’s case is reportedly mild and he is still running the National Security Council from home.
The White House revealed that O’Brien has not been in contact with President Trump or Vice President Pence in the last week and that there is “there is no risk of exposure” to either.
Breitbart News reported on Monday that “O’Brien was last photographed with Trump during a trip to Florida on July 10. Afterward, O’Brien traveled to France and met with fellow National Security advisors in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy.”
The last major White House official to be diagnosed with COVID-19 was Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller, who returned to work in late May after self-isolating for three weeks after her diagnosis.
The White House has maintained strict monitoring and testing protocols to protect President Trump and VP Pence during the pandemic. Both Pence and Trump — as well as those that come into close contact with them — are routinely tested for the virus.
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