A recent string of people in President Donald Trump's inner circle have tested positive for the novel coronavirus — and despite this, the POTUS continues to opt out of wearing a mask. One of the most recent people close to him confirmed with COVID-10 is Ivanka Trump's personal assistant.
Naturally, people are wondering: Does Ivanka Trump have coronavirus?
Ivanka Trump's personal assistant tested positive for coronavirus.
Ivanka's personal assistant has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. It's worth noting, however, that Ivanka's assistant hasn't been in physical contact with her in "several weeks" and has instead been working remotely.
Mike Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, has also tested positive.
Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary, Kate Miler, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the week.
"She's a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time and then all of a sudden today she tested positive," President Trump said during a meeting with Republican members of Congress.
Interestingly, Katie was among those not wearing a face mask during a recent visit to a healthcare facility, at which Mike delivered masks.
Pictured below (on the right) is Katie Miller -- Mike Pence's press secretary who just tested positive for #COVID19 -- at the healthcare facility where Pence delivered masks yesterday.— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) May 8, 2020
Note that Miller is the only one *not* wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/d7mo8qTCyd
The thing is, Katie is married to another White House aide — Stephen Miller — who also is in close contact with President Trump, Ivanka, and Jared. So hopefully Katie's diagnosis was caught early enough that no one else (including her husband) close to the POTUS was infected.
"Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes," Katie tweeted on May 8. "I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people."
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people. 🇺🇸— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) May 9, 2020
A White House valet tested positive for COVID-19, too.
On May 7, President Trump's personal valet tested positive for the coronavirus.
"We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement, according to CBS News. "The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health."
So does Ivanka Trump have coronavirus?
As far as the public knows as of publication, no, Ivanka does not have the coronavirus.
On May 8, both Ivanka and Jared Kushner tested negative. So it seems the first daughter and her husband are in the clear — for now, at least.
Hopefully those COVID-19 tests keep coming back negative for President Trump, Ivanka, and the rest of his inner circle — and hopefully, the POTUS considers re-evaluating his stance on wearing masks.
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