Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for coronavirus

US president’s eldest son in quarantine and asymptomatic, spokesperson says; he is latest in a string of White House, American military officials to catch virus

Donald Trump Jr. during a news conference at the Georgia Republican Party headquarters in Atlanta, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Donald Trump Jr. during a news conference at the Georgia Republican Party headquarters in Atlanta, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, was in quarantine Friday after learning he has been infected with the coronavirus, a spokesperson said.

The younger Trump learned his diagnosis at the beginning of the week and has had no symptoms, said the spokesperson, who was granted anonymity to discuss private medical information.

Trump Jr. is following all medically recommended guidelines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the spokesperson added.

The 42-year-old is the latest member of the president’s family to become infected with a virus that has killed more than 250,000 Americans and infected nearly 12 million others.

Earlier Friday, Andrew Giuliani, a White House aide and son of the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, announced he had also tested positive.

President-elect Joe Biden made Trump’s response to the virus a top issue in the recently concluded race for the White House, though President Trump has yet to acknowledge the outcome.

President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron have all recovered from their coronavirus infections in October. The president spent three days in a military hospital where he was treated with experimental drugs; the first lady weathered her illness at the White House.

Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for the coronavirus in July.

A number of other top officials in the Trump administration have caught the virus in recent months.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tested positive after attending an election night party at the White House. Others who were at the party also tested positive, including White House political director Brian Jack, former White House aide Healy Baumgardner and Trump campaign advisers David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski said he believed he contracted the virus in Philadelphia while assisting the president’s election challenge there.

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, and other aides to the vice president tested positive for the virus last month.

There also was an outbreak at the Pentagon last month when Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, found out had he tested positive after meeting in the Pentagon with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps later also tested positive, and all the chiefs were forced to quarantine at home for at least 10 days.

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