The Hill’s 12:30 Report: White House COVID-19 outbreak widens

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I mean this in the nicest way possible: Stay home!!:



President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump and Biden’s plans would both add to the debt, analysis finds Trump says he will back specific relief measures hours after halting talks Trump lashes out at FDA over vaccine guidelines MORE wanted to work from the Oval Office just one day after being released from the hospital for his COVID-19 treatment. 

OH — White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE said on CNBC:  “The president actually showed up in the Oval Office yesterday with extra precautions with respect to his COVID-19. He’s getting a lot better, he’s much stronger, so there was some limited activity.” 

Kudlow was asked whether Trump wore a mask: All he said is that aides took “additional precautions.”

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFormer GOP chair Michael Steele calls Trump ‘the superspreader’ in the White House Murkowski after Trump halts talks: Congress must move on virus package Overnight Health Care: Trump calls off coronavirus relief talks MORE and his team said Kudlow misspoke.

Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson tweeted: “While the President wanted to be in the Oval Office yesterday, he was not there—he stayed back in the residence working from there. Safety preparations have been underway in the event he moves to working out of the Oval in the coming days.”

Meadows told reporters: “[President Trump] continues to work,” said Meadows, who removed his mask as he stepped up to the microphone to speak to reporters. “We’ve got a number of safety protocols with full PPE [personal protective equipment], masks, goggles and the like for any direct interactions with the president in those areas.”


Via NPR:

^ ADD Stephen MillerStephen MillerStephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19 Pence ordered the closure of US borders against CDC’s wishes: report Trump aide Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID-19 MORE TO THAT LIST:

Senior policy adviser to the president, Stephen Miller, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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