A member of the US Navy who serves a personal valet to Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, according to reports, raising questions about whether the president was recently exposed to the novel virus.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday that said in part: “We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus.”
The statement continued: “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”
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Mr Trump and Mike Pence has both received multiple coronavirus tests since the pandemic began in March, as multiple officials close to the president and vice president have since tested positive for the disease.
The service member has not been publicly identified. They serve on an elite force that protects the president during his travels, along with the US Secret Service and other agencies.
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