Donald Trump’s national security advisor, tests positive for COVID-19.
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President Donald Trump’s nation security advisor, Robert O’Brien, was found to be positive for the virus, and is currently self-isolating and working from his home. Mr O’Brien, aged 54, displayed mild symptoms, and a statement revealed that Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence were in no risk of exposure.
Mr O’ Brien is one of the highest ranking officials in Donald Trump’s administration to contract the virus. A statement from the White House said, ‘He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the president or vice-president. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.’
Donald Trump and Robert O’ Brien were last seen together on July 10th, when they visited the US Southern Command in South Florida. The week after, Mr O’Brien traveled to Paris for meetings with European officials from United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy to discuss China and other foreign policy issues.
A source said that Mr O’Brien has not been in office for a week, and that he contracted the virus in a family event. His daughter was the first one to contract the virus. Initially, Mr O’ Brien tested negative, before he got a positive result.
Donald Trump told reporters that he did not see Mr O’Brien recently, ‘I haven’t seen him lately. I heard he ..he tested. Yeah. I have not seen him. I’m calling him later.’
This comes amid a surge of cases in several states in the United States. Since the pandemic began, US recorded 4,408,432 cases and 87,131 deaths. This is the worst hit country, and polls showed that people are disapproving the way Mr.Trump is handling the crisis.