But the anonymous man who contracted the disease did not “impress” the large, in-house man, with several world leaders taking place on the White House South Lawn a day earlier, Trump’s spokesman assured.
Questions arose earlier in the day about another Kovid-19 transition at the White House, when a journalist there heard of “a couple of positivity today.”
In a briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined to comment on whether any staff members tested positive, saying “I don’t share people’s personal medical information.”
But Trump was more willing to discuss what he said, speaking at a press conference in the White House briefing room on Tuesday evening.
“I heard about it on a very small level this morning,” Trump began. But moments later, he said, “Last night I heard about it for the first time, and it is in very few cases.”
She then asked McInnney, who was sitting next to the podium, what she could share.
“We are not going to confirm the identity,” she said, “but it did not affect the incident and there was no press around the infected person”.
“And that’s nobody that I had,” Trump said.
McEnany told Trump that only one person tested positive for the virus. “It was a person,” Trump repeated, “a person I was not associated with.”
On Tuesday, the White House hosted a ceremony in its South Lawn to sign an agreement formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and the two Gulf countries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with leaders from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, personally attended the event.
CNN and other outlets noted that the celebrators disregarded the most social disturbance measures that public health experts recommend, including many within the Trump administration.
Others working in the White House have tested positive before. In May, it was revealed that a personal valet for Trump, who serves his meals to the president in other functions, contracted the virus.
That same month, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller also tested positive.