At least six members of the Trump administration have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending election night at the White House.
New cluster at the White House. On Monday, Housing and Urban Planning Secretary Ben Carson announced that he had contracted Covid-19, but felt good. "He feels lucky to have access to effective drugs that help and speed up his recovery," Deputy Chief of Staff Coalter Baker said as quoted by CNBC. Ben Carson is at least the sixth member of the Trump administration to be infected, a few days after the organization of an election night at the White House. Friday, the "chief of staff" Mark Meadows confirmed to be also reached, after Bloomberg revealed his contamination - which he himself had announced only to a small handful of collaborators. Nick Trainer, a data specialist for the Trump campaign, has also tested positive, as have three of his colleagues.
This is not the first time that an event organized at the White House has been suspected of having been a hotbed of Covid-19 contamination. At the end of September, a ceremony was organized, in the garden and then indoors, to celebrate the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the White House, where no guest wore a mask and very few respected the instructions for physical distancing. A few days later, Donald Trump himself was diagnosed positive and hospitalized. His wife Melania Trump and their son Barron have also suffered from the virus, such as White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, presidential advisers Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway, but also Donald Trump's personal assistant Nicholas Luna, and Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey who came to participate in several preparation sessions before the debates against Joe Biden. “No one in the room wore a mask,” he later regretted.
At the end of October, five collaborators of Vice President Mike Pence were in turn diagnosed positive for the coronavirus. Although he had been in contact with some of them, Mike Pence had not placed himself in solitary confinement and had kept his schedule filled with campaign rallies, less than ten days before an election shattered by the pandemic. “We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we have vaccines, treatments and other things to mitigate, because it is a contagious virus, just like the flu, ”had then assumed Mike Meadows, who has since contracted the virus.