One of President Trump’s Most Important Advisors Tests Positive for Wuhan Coronavirus

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Posted: Jul 27, 2020 11:00 AM
One of President Trump’s Most Important Advisors Tests Positive for Wuhan Coronavirus

Source: (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien has tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus after coming down with mild symptoms. He is 54-years-old and in general good health. According to the White House, he is self-isolating and did not expose either President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. 

O'Brien recently returned from a trip to Europe where he represented the Trump administration at scaled down Bastille Day events. 

Over the past few months a number of White House staffers have tested positive for the disease, including Pence Press Secretary Katie Miller and a Marine assigned to President Trump's helicopter squadron. Staffers are tested multiple times per week. A number of Secret Service agents have also tested positive. 

In May President Trump revealed he had in fact been taking hydroxychloroquine as a precaution. 

“It is just a line of defense," Trump said. “I think it's worthwhile as a line of defense, and I plan on staying on it for a little while longer."

The President took the drug for two weeks and is no longer using it. A number of studies have shown the drug is effective against the disease.