President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, has tested positive for COVID-19. O'Brien is the highest-ranking official in the Trump administration.
"National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien tested positive for COVID-19. He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted," CBS News confirms from a White House official.
According to people close to the situation, O’Brien came down with the coronavirus following a family event and has been isolating at home while still running the National Security Council, working virtually.
Four days ago, two White House campus cafeterias have been closed after a person involved in food service tested positive for the coronavirus.
Pamela Pennington, a spokesperson for the U.S. General Services Administration, says numerous protocols were in place at the locations, including the use of masks and gloves, plastic shielding at check out and no dine-in service.
In June, six campaign staffers for Trump tested positive for coronavirus before his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, the Trump campaign said.
The campaign said staffers who tested positive would not be at the rally, according to NBC, who first reported the story.
In a statement, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said "per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented."
He added: “No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today's rally or near attendees and elected officials.”