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Mark Meadows .. the Trump's Chief of Staff infected with coronavirus

Mark Meadows .. the Trump's Chief of Staff  infected with coronavirus

President Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has contracted coronavirus, according to people familiar with the matter, adding to the outbreaks related to the White House.

Meadows tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, according to one of the people, although it was unclear if he had developed symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. He briefed a close circle of advisers after Tuesday's election, another person said.

Mark Meadows .. the Trump's Chief of Staff  infected with coronavirus

At least four other White House officials have been infected, including Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows' closest aides. A Trump campaign aide, Nick Trainer, is also infected, according to people familiar with the matter.

Spokesmen for Meadows and the White House did not respond to several emails and phone messages requesting comment. The coach and campaign spokesmen declined to comment.

The chief of staff has remained involved in Trump's post-election effort to challenge the votes in several states, where the president is behind former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Some White House aides knew earlier in the week that Meadows had been infected but told them not to make noise, several people said.

Meadows was at Trump's campaign headquarters with the president on Tuesday without a mask and returned Wednesday also without a mask, said two people familiar with the situation.

People familiar with the matter asked not to be identified because the cases had not been announced.

More than three dozen people associated with the president or the White House have been infected by the virus, including the president, his wife, Melania, and their youngest son, Barron. Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short and other aides tested positive for the virus late last month, shortly before the election.

Meadows was at Trump's bedside when the president was hospitalized last month with Covid-19. Like most White House aides and the president himself, Meadows is rarely seen wearing a mask.

Trump's handling of the pandemic has been poorly rated by most Americans in public opinion polls, and it is seen as one of the main reasons he is about to lose re-election to Biden.

More than 126,000 people in the United States were infected by the new coronavirus on Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, a record. Approximately 9.7 million Americans have contracted the virus and at least 236,000 have died.

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