Donald Trump Jr. has coronavirus as White Home sees four extra Covid circumstances


Donald Trump Jr. speaks to an audience wearing ponchos during a rain shower at a Fighters Against Socialism campaign rally in support of his father, U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, his spokesman confirmed on Friday night, the youngest in a line of White House-linked people who have contracted the virus.

Trump Jr. is asymptomatic and is following all medically recommended Covid-19 guidelines, the spokesman said. He has been in quarantine in his cabin since he received the test results.

Bloomberg reported the news first.

Trump Jr., who serves as executive vice president at the Trump Organization, is the youngest member of the family to contract the virus. In October, President Trump, First Lady Melania, and Trump's youngest son Barron all tested positive. The president was hospitalized with the virus at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for several days and was given supplemental oxygen before he was released.

Confirmation of Trump Jr.'s diagnosis comes hours after Rudy Giuliani's son Andrew tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Andrew Giuliani is a special assistant to President Trump. Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, tested Covid-19 negative. In addition, three other White House employees tested positive for Covid in the past few days.

The Trump administration and White House affiliates have been criticized by public health experts for holding large gatherings where the risk of transmission is particularly high and taking basic medical precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing have not complied.

In total, at least 45 White House-related people have contracted the virus in the past few months. Several people tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett's rose garden celebration in September for the Supreme Court nomination. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows received positive reviews after attending an election night at the White House.

The US reported a record 187,000 new cases of coronavirus and 2,015 deaths on Thursday, the most since May as the country faces major outbreaks over the holiday season.

More than 250,000 people in the US have died from the virus since the pandemic began and more than 11.8 million have been infected.


Katherine Clark