Trump’s national security adviser has COVID-19
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Trump’s national security adviser has COVID-19

Robert O’Brien is the highest-ranking US official to be diagnosed with the virus, which has killed over 146,000 Americans

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien speaks during a briefing in Doral, Florida, on July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien speaks during a briefing in Doral, Florida, on July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far.

That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss it by name.

The White House confirmed that O’Brien has mild symptoms and “has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site,” adding that: “There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President” and that the “work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.”

The news was first reported by Bloomberg News, which said O’Brien came down with the virus after a family event.

A personal valet to the US president and the vice president’s press secretary previously tested positive for the virus, which has now infected more than 4 million people nationwide.

Senior White House staff and anyone who comes into close contact with the president and vice president are tested for the virus every day.

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