Ivanka Trump works from home after interacting with official who tested for coronavirus

Ivanka Trump works from home after interacting with official who tested for coronavirus
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Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump: food chain 'almost working perfectly again' Lilly Wachowski claps back at Ivanka Trump and Elon Musk's 'red pill' exchange Trump says he gave officials 'option' to wear masks at Rose Garden event MORE, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, worked from home on Friday “out of an abundance of caution” after an Australian official she recently met with tested positive for coronavirus, the White House said.

The White House medical staff has advised Ivanka Trump that she does not need to self-quarantine, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said. The spokesman said that the individual Trump met with was exhibiting no symptoms.

News surfaced early Friday morning that Australian minister for home affairs Peter Dutton had tested positive for COVID-19. Dutton traveled to Washington, D.C., last week and met with Ivanka Trump, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Trump sides with religious leaders in fight against governors MORE and other officials on March 5.


“The White House is aware that Mr. Dutton tested positive for COVID-19. He was asymptomatic during the interaction,” Deere said in a statement.

“Exposures from the case were assessed and the White House Medical Unit confirmed, in accordance with CDC guidance, that Ivanka is exhibiting no symptoms and does not need to self-quarantine. She worked from home today out of an abundance of caution until guidance was given,” Deere continued.

Dutton participated in a news conference with Barr, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfHundreds of migrant children, teens deported under pandemic border policy: report Trump administration finalizes indefinite extension of coronavirus border restrictions   US-Mexico border restrictions extended to June 22 MORE and ministers from the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand last Thursday. He later shared a photo of himself with Barr, Ivanka Trump, White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group lines up body bags in ad hitting Trump on coronavirus deaths White House announces deal to cap insulin costs for seniors Juan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle MORE and others.


Dutton said in a statement Friday that he woke up in the morning with a temperature and sore throat and was tested for the coronavirus, which yielded a positive test result. He said he had been admitted to the hospital on the advice of the government’s health department. 


Conway said Friday that White House medical staff advised her she was not exhibiting symptoms and didn't need to self-quarantine. 

"White House Medical Unit (WHMU) informed me earlier that Mr. Dutton was asymptomatic during the interaction," Conway tweeted. "Exposures from the case were assessed and the WHMU confirmed, in accordance with CDC guidance, that I exhibited no symptoms & need not self-quarantine."

-- Updated at 5:38 p.m.