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Coronavirus: One of President Trump’s personal valets tests positive

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06: As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, President Donald Trump talks to reporters after signing a proclamation honoring National Nurses Day in the Oval Office at the White House May 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. With more than a million people in the United States infected with COVID-19 and tens of thousands dead from the virus, nurses have been on the front lines of care for patients across the country. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06: As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, President Donald Trump talks to reporters after signing a proclamation honoring National Nurses Day in the Oval Office at the White House May 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. With more than a million people in the United States infected with COVID-19 and tens of thousands dead from the virus, nurses have been on the front lines of care for patients across the country. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

CNN is reporting that a member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus.

The White House confirmed the report saying that one of the President's staffers had tested positive.

“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,” deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement to the cable news network. “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”

The valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work close to the President and first family. The person who tested positive was not identified.

Trump said this week before traveling aboard Air Force One when headed to Arizona that he didn’t have concerns about being in close quarters with other people since those around him are regularly tested.


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Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.