Robert O’Brien, Trump’s National Security Advisor, Tests Positive For COVID-19

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White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow says O'Brien likely got the virus from his daughter.

The White House has just announced that Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s national security advisor, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by CNN.

According to NPR, The White House released a statement saying, "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."

A senior administration official confirmed that O’Brien has been working from home since last week. One source said that O’Brien was in the office last Thursday, and then abruptly left the White House.

Several National Security Council staff members say that they were not informed of O’Brien’s positive test result until they learned of it through media reports.

O’Brien recently returned from Europe, where he met with officials from the UK, France, Germany, and Italy. However, White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow said that one of O’Brien’s daughters also tested positive, which is how Kudlow believes O’Brien contracted it.

One foreign official says that the French presidential palace is alarmed at the news given that O’Brien met with Emmanuel Bonne, top foreign policy advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron, on July 14. Bonne reportedly briefs the French President multiple times a day.

O’Brien is the most high-ranking White House official known to test positive for the virus so far. He is also the closest to Trump to get infected, but it is unclear when the last time the two met in-person was. Their last public appearance together was during a visit to US Southern Command in Miami on July 10.

Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence and the spouse of a senior Trump advisor, as well as a valet for President Trump tested positive for coronavirus in May.

Eight members of the Trump campaign’s advance team also tested positive for the virus before the Trump rally in Oklahoma. Two of those included Secret Service agents.

In early June, Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for the virus, and just last week, a cafeteria employee for the White House also tested positive.

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