Meadows self-quarantines after possible exposure to coronavirus patient

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal Trump threatens to withhold Michigan, Nevada funding over mail-in voting Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE (R-N.C.), who President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE last week selected as his next acting chief of staff, will self-quarantine at his home after learning that he may have come into contact with a person who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office said.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Meadows received testing which came back negative," Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson said. "While he’s experiencing zero symptoms, under doctors’ standard precautionary recommendations, he'll remain at home until the 14 day period expires this Wednesday."

Meadows is one of several GOP lawmakers who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland last month to announce that they've gone under a self-quarantine


Reps. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler says she won't drop out of Georgia Senate race after stock trade controversy Kelly Loeffler's husband donates million to pro-Trump group Poll: Trump and Biden running neck and neck in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarConservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year Impeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board Cruz rebukes San Antonio City Council for denouncing 'Chinese virus' as hate speech MORE (R-Ariz.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzImpeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments GOP lawmakers press Trump to suspend visas over coronavirus job losses MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House Cruz threatens to stop federal agencies from cooperating with Hollywood over China 'censorship' MORE (R-Texas) have said they were in contact with the individual at the convention who later tested positive for the virus. In response to health officials' recommendations, they've all said they will stay home until 14 days had passed between their encounters. 

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) also said Monday that she and her staff would work remotely after learning that she had interacted with a person in Washington, D.C., who tested positive for the virus.  

The American Conservative Union (ACU) first disclosed on Saturday that a CPAC attendee had tested positive for COVID-19 at a New Jersey hospital shortly after attending the convention. The patient had been exposed to the virus before attending the convention and is now under quarantine in the hospital, ACU said. 

Cruz and Gosar said in separate statements on Sunday that they had interacted with the individual and shook his hand. Gosar said that he and three members of his staff were with the individual "for an extended period of time," adding that they "shook hands several times."

Gaetz and Collins confirmed earlier Monday that they had come into contact with the CPAC attendee. All of the lawmakers have noted that they have not experienced any virus symptoms, but that they were going under self-quarantine as a precaution. 


Collins and Gaetz were in contact with Trump and other administration officials before being notified. Collins visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta with Trump and other officials on Friday. Gaetz traveled on Air Force One with Trump on Monday, and reportedly quarantined himself on the flight after learning he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. 

Trump and Pence attended CPAC, though they did not come in direct contact with the attendee who later tested positive for coronavirus. White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMcEnany: Prayer 'made a lot of difference' in 2016 election McEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Impeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board MORE said late Monday that Trump had not been tested for the coronavirus "because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms."

Trump has been in contact with at least three people who went into a self-quarantine after interacting with the CPAC attendee. The president shook ACU chairman Matt Schlapp's hand at the conference. Schlapp said that he shook hands with the infected individual days earlier.

The president abruptly announced last week that Meadows would become his fourth chief of staff and that Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump taps Brooke Rollins as acting domestic policy chief Navarro fuels tariff speculation: 'Bill has come due' for China Top Trump policy adviser Joe Grogan to leave post MORE would move into the role of U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland. The North Carolina congressman is expected to work with Mulvaney to ensure a “smooth transition in the coming weeks,” the White House said. 

Meadows is set to come into the role as confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rapidly climb throughout the world, causing stocks to plunge and governments to enforce strict measures designed to curb an outbreak. Trump announced on Monday night that he would ask Congress to approve a payroll tax cut and relief for hourly workers in an effort to combat the economic fallout from the disease. 

The proposal came the same day that Trump downplayed the seriousness of the virus, while also contradicting health officials and comparing it to the flu.  

Updated at 10:56 p.m.