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October 5, 2020 at 12:45 PM EDT
White House press secretary tests positive for the coronavirus
By Marisa Iati and John Wagner
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement came as White House officials said they are hopeful that President Trump will be discharged later Monday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
McEnany, who frequently interacts with senior White House officials and the White House press corps, said she is experiencing no symptoms.
The press secretary said she tested positive Monday after testing negative since Thursday, when it was revealed that a top Trump aide, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Less than a day before she tested positive for the coronavirus, McEnany declined to wear a mask while talking with reporters outside the White House.
McEnany removed her face covering Sunday evening as she approached journalists, video shows. The next morning, she said she had tested positive after testing negative since Thursday.