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White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive For COVID-19

McEnany recently started wearing a mask after President Trump announced his diagnosis early Friday.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany removes a mask prior to a television interview at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. - Donald Trump's chief of staff said October 2, 2020 the president was experiencing "mild symptoms" of Covid-19, after the bombshell news of his infection upended the White House race a month before the Republican faces challenger Joe Biden at the polls. | Getty Images
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany removes a mask prior to a television interview at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. - Donald Trump's chief of staff said October 2, 2020 the president was experiencing "mild symptoms" of Covid-19, after the bombshell news of his infection upended the White House race a month before the Republican faces challenger Joe Biden at the polls. | Getty Images

White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany announced on Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a statement, McEnany said that she had tested “negative consistently, including every day since Thursday,” but got a positive result this morning. She said she is currently asymptomatic. 

McEnany, who recently started wearing a mask after President Trump announced his diagnosis early Friday, wrote that “no reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.” The New York Times reported that the president created a “top-down culture of fear,” and that many staffers including McEnany chose to forgo wearing masks in order to please their boss.

McEnany added that she “definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis” before speaking at a White House briefing on Thursday morning, though some outlets have suggested that she did know and continued with her briefing regardless. Later Thursday, Hicks’ positive result was reported by outlets including Bloomberg News — hours later, Trump’s results also became public. 

McEnany appeared on video Sunday speaking to reporters after removing her mask and declining to provide “a detailed readout with timestamps of every time the president's tested.”

As of Friday evening, the White House Correspondents' Association said that at least three White House reporters have also tested positive.

NowThis producer Shelby Vaculin contributed to this report.

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