Ben Carson says there are 'multiple possibilities' for how he got COVID-19

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) chief Ben CarsonBen CarsonSunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools MORE on Monday said that there were multiple possibilities that could explain his positive diagnosis for COVID-19, which came days after he attended an election night watch party at the White House.

Carson told The Washington Post on Monday that he caught coronavirus “probably somewhere, out there in the universe” but added that he could not be sure of when he was exposed.

“I was on a bus tour last week. I was at the White House on election night, so there are multiple possibilities,” he said, according to the Post.


The HUD director added that he began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Sunday, including a fever and fatigue. One of the longest-serving appointees in President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's administration, Carson was at the White House on Tuesday for an election night event that was also attended by White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsMeadows says Trump World looking to 'move forward in a real way' Trump takes two punches from GOP Watchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ MORE, who has also tested positive in the days following.

“I really came down with symptoms yesterday. Fever of 101. Chills. Muscle cramps. Respiratory issues and fatigue,” Carson told the newspaper.

Carson's diagnosis Monday comes following a spree of positive COVID-19 infections that have caused a stream of negative headlines regarding the White House's COVID-19 protocols in recent weeks; both Trump and the first lady contracted the virus in October while other White House staff and top allies of the president who visited the White House such as former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieChris Christie: Unvaccinated people don't want to be 'indoctrinated' by government Former lieutenant governor of New Jersey leaves GOP Half of states now restrict conversion therapy for LGBTQ kids MORE (R) have also fallen ill.

A longtime adviser to Carson revealed the HUD director's diagnosis on Twitter earlier Monday.

"Spoke with my brother Dr. Carson earlier and he is doing extraordinarily well. He is so grateful to have access to powerful therapeutics. We also pray for the millions who celebrated over the weekend and may have exposed themselves to COVID19," Armstrong Williams wrote.