White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters at the White House on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for coronavirus, NBC News confirmed on Friday.
He is only the last person in President Donald Trump’s orbit to look at Covid-19 after an outbreak hit the president, his family, and campaign and administration advisors last month. Meadows attended an election night at the White House Tuesday and stood by without a mask when Trump spoke at a Republican Party office earlier that day.
News of his positive test came a day after the US set another record for new daily coronavirus infections of more than 120,000. NBC confirmed that Trump campaign assistant Nick Trainer has also tested positive for Covid-19.
Bloomberg first reported on Meadows’ diagnosis.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Late last month, Meadows sparked a backlash when he said the US would “not control the pandemic” and focus on developing a vaccine and therapeutics. He insisted on taking off his face mask before speaking to reporters during the outbreak.
His positive test is likely only to result in another review of government action during the pandemic. Several people who tested positive for the virus last month attended an event at the White House in late September to celebrate the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court Justice.
The positive test of Meadows also comes when his boss becomes increasingly frustrated with election results showing he is lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race.