Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves one of Trump’s advisors and Covid-19.
U.S president Donald Trump national security advisors Robert C. O’Brien, President Trump’s national security adviser, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the White House said Monday.
O’Brien is considered one of the highest ranking Trump administration official known to have tested positive for the virus. Trump said Monday that he had not seen O’Brien recently, but the White House did not respond to questions about their interactions.
One of the things that The White House did not respond to was questions about how O’Brien’s illness was discovered. For several weeks, the White House has been routinely administering rapid result tests for the coronavirus to most people who will be in proximity to Trump.
O’Brien was in frequent contact with Trump and is known to be in the inner circle of his advisers. They last appeared together during a visit to the U.S. Southern Command in Florida on July 10, before O’Brien left for a trip to Europe that spanned aleast several days.
O’Brien was appointed to his role in September, was named to the White House coronavirus task force when it launched in January. O’Brien’s tenure as national security adviser has been calmer than the incendiary one of his predecessor, John Bolton. A foreign policy hawk, especially in regard to China, O’Brien was among the first administration officials to squarely blame that country for failing to stop the virus from spreading beyond its borders.
O’Brien has told friends that he thinks he became infected at a family gathering roughly a week ago, one person familiar with his situation said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation.