Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien is diagnosed with coronavirus after contracting it at ‘family event’ – making him most senior White House official to have it
- The White House announced Monday morning that National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has test positive for coronavirus
- This makes him the most high profile administration individual to contract it
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has coronavirus, making him the most high profile administration individual to test positive
Donald Trump’s National Security adviser has coronavirus, the White House announced Monday, making him the most high profile administration individual, with close proximity to the president, to test positive for it.
‘National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive for COVID-19,’ the White House said in a statement.
‘He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site,’ it continued, adding that National Security Council operations and work ‘continues uninterrupted.’
The statement assured: ‘There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President.’
O’Brien contracted COVID-19 while attending a family event, people familiar with his situation told Bloomberg, and has been out of the office since late last week.
During isolation, O’Brien has still been running the National Security Council remotely, and one person said he has been doing most of his work over the phone.
It is not immediately clear how much contact O’Brien has had with Trump recently.
The president’s adviser also recently returned from Europe, where he met with officials from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.
Vice President Mike Pence’s communications aide Katie Miller and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and his father’s campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle also tested positive for coronavirus in May and July respectively.
Also in May, an unidentified personal valet to the president was infected.
Miller and the valet’s positive tests earlier this year led to concern within the White House that others could be infected, leading several officials and aides to self-quarantine.
But O’Brien’s diagnosis this month makes him the most senior White House official to contract coronavirus.