A United States Navy member working as one of Trump’s personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus. The close proximity to Trump has, of course, raised concerns over his health, but the President has since tested negatively.
The valet is a member of an elite military unit that is dedicated only to the White House and usually works in very close proximity to the President and his family. CNN reported that President Trump was unhappy when he found out about the positive test and has since decided to increase the frequency of his tests.
“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for coronavirus,” the deputy White House press secretary said during a statement. “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”
The Navy members who work as valets are responsible for a wide variety of personal tasks for the President and his family. They are responsible for the family’s food and beverage in the West Wing, but also travel with him across America, as well as when he leaves the country.
In the past, various presidents have confided in the valets and built up good relationships, meaning these military members get an insight into the intimate life of a president that few else can.
President Trump, Vice President Pence and senior staff members in the White House have been getting tested every week and Trump, a self-proclaimed germaphobe, is reportedly quick to lose his anger with aides and employees who cough or sneeze in his presence.
Trump has now decided to increase his testing to every day, claiming that there were too many days between when the valet was last tested and when it was discovered that he had Covid-19. The President also said that he had had ‘very little contact’ with the valet in question, before labeling the situation ‘a little bit strange’.
However, strict social distancing guidelines are still not being implemented throughout the White House and there are very few staff members that wear masks at work, calling into question how serious the President is taking the pandemic.
Trump himself has said that he has no issue with travelling in close quarters with many staff on Air Force One, because those around him are being tested regularly.
“The test result comes back in five minutes, and we have great testing. Or they would not be allowed to travel with me,” Trump said. “It is not my choice; it’s a very strong group of people that want to make sure they are tested, including the Secret Service.”
“On this national day of prayer, America is engaged in a fierce battle against a very terrible disease. Throughout our history, in times of challenge, our people have always called upon the gift of faith, the blessing of belief, the power of prayer and the eternal glory of God. I ask all Americans to join their voices and their hearts in spiritual union as we ask our Lord in heaven for strength and solace, for courage and comfort, for hope and healing, for recovery and for renewal,” President Trump said during his annual National Prayer Day speech.
“In recent days and weeks, our country has endured a grave hardship. We pray for every family stricken with grief and devastated with a tragic loss. We pray for the doctors, the nurses and first responders waging war against the invisible enemy. We pray for the scientists’ and researchers’ pioneer treatments, that they find therapies and vaccines and that they find them soon. We pray for the frontline workers keeping our nation fed, nourished and safe and secure,” President Trump continued.
“May God watch over them all. We’re honored to have with us today our amazing vice president Mike Pence and his wonderful wife, Karen. Great friends of our nation and great friends of mine and Melania’s, and somebody who’s done an incredible job not only as vice president but as heading the task force which has come up with so many solutions and ideas and things that we didn’t even think about two months ago.
“We’re also profoundly grateful to be joined by many faith leaders who are helping to care for our neighbors in their hour of need. Thank you all for providing meals to families, medical supplies to hospitals, and for providing spiritual strength and encouragement to your communities. Very important people, very respected people, and very much loved people. In every part of our country, we’ve seen grace of God through the love and devotion of our fellow citizens as scripture assures us the Lord your God is not your midst, a mighty one who will save. And I think it’s so true. Think of that, the Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save.”