President Trump's National Security Adviser Tests Positive for COVID-19 but 'Has Mild Symptoms'
O'Brien is not the first person close to Trump to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Eight of the president's campaign staffers tested positive in connection with a large-scale June rally in Oklahoma.
Several Secret Service personnel who were on site for that event were also ordered to self-quarantine after two of their colleagues tested positive.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a campaign adviser who is dating the president's son Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for the contagious respiratory virus in early July. Last week, she visited the White House and met with President Trump for a virtual fundraising event on Tuesday, two and a half weeks after she tested positive.
Vice President Mike Pence's spokeswoman tested positive in May.
News of O'Brien's infection comes days after the president announced he canceled his Republican National Convention celebration that was slated for Florida in late August.
Trump made the announcement after weeks of uncertain back-and-forth with state officials in North Carolina and in Florida about whether Republicans could hold an in-person nomination during the pandemic.
"I looked at my team and I said, 'The timing for this event is not right,' " he told reporters Thursday. "It's just not right with what's been happening."
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