Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff who has respected President Trump’s efforts to minimize the coronavirus throughout the summer, contracted the virus himself, a senior administration official said on Friday evening. .
Mr Meadows tested positive for the virus on Wednesday after the election, the official said, and he told a small group of advisers. The diagnosis had previously been reported by Bloomberg News. A second White House has also tested positive for the virus, according to a person familiar with the diagnosis.
Mr Meadows is just the latest in a series of people to contract the virus in the past seven weeks, including Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, a half-dozen of the president’s aides and five assistants to Vice President Mike Pence, including his chief of staff, Marc Short.