Two different folks from Trump’s election evening celebration on the White Home check optimistic for coronavirus
Former Donald Trump campaign advisor Healy E. Baumgardner (right) speaks to a media representative in the hallway of the Rayburn House office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018.
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Two other people who attended an election night party at the White House were diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the current list of Covid-19 cases to the list of at least five, NBC News reported on Wednesday.
The party’s newly reported cases involved Brian Jack, the White House director of political affairs, and Healy Baumgardner, a former White House advisor who now works in private equity.
Baumgardner attended the November 3 event in the East Room of the White House as a guest of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Baumgardner told NBC News that she tested positive on Wednesday. Two sources familiar with Jack confirmed his diagnosis.
Three other people who attended the party were diagnosed with Covid-19 after the event: Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff, Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development; and David Bossie, who briefly led President Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to question the results of the election against President-elect Joe Biden.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on CNBC.
Brian Jack, White House Political Director, from left, Catherine Keller, Assistant Advisor to President Kellyanne Conway, Adjutant John McEntee and Dan Scavino, White House Social Media Director, walk across the South in Washington on Thursday, January 1 White House lawn. 23, 2020.
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Prior to the recent White House-related coronavirus cases, at least 28 Trump administration and campaign officials tested positive for Covid-19 in late September and early October.
These include Trump herself, First Lady Melania Trump, her son Barron, White House Advisor, Hope Hicks, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Campaign Manager Bill Stepien and Aide Stephen Miller.
At least 14 of those infected this fall attended the September 26 event in the White House Rose Garden to support Trump’s Supreme Court election, Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump and senior officials in his administration have been harshly criticized for their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which is currently experiencing more than 120,000 new cases in the US every day. This year, more than 10.3 million coronavirus cases were reported in the United States, with more than 240,000 deaths attributable to the virus.
Trump predicted earlier this year that one day the virus would suddenly disappear “like a miracle”.
Since last winter, he has downplayed the severity of the virus, called for businesses and schools to reopen even if the virus continues to spread, and made absurd proposals to fight the virus, including bringing light into a person’s body or giving them disinfectant inject.
– CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths attributed to the virus in the United States this year.