SPONSORED:

Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19

Donald TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE Jr., the president’s eldest son, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, a spokesman confirmed to The Hill on Friday.

The spokesperson said in a statement that Trump Jr. tested positive “at the start of the week” and has been quarantining. He’s been asymptomatic since his diagnosis and is “following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines.”

Trump Jr. is just the latest person in the president's orbit to be infected by the coronavirus. News of his diagnosis came hours after Andrew Giuliani, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump allies urge judge to throw out Dominion defamation suits Trump compares Giuliani to Eliot Ness, rips NY decision New York Supreme Court suspends Giuliani's law license MORE’s son and a White House staffer, announced that he had tested positive for the virus.

ADVERTISEMENT

The White House has already faced a number of outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, with the president, the first lady, the press secretary, the chiefs of staff to both the president and the vice president and senior advisers Stephen MillerStephen MillerShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Pro-Trump group presses Biden officials for records on critical race theory The Memo: Biden feels the heat from all sides on immigration MORE and Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, among others, contracting the virus at different times.

The newest diagnoses come amid an alarming national spike in cases. The number of new cases reported each day routinely surpasses 150,000, and the U.S. tallied 2,015 new coronavirus deaths Thursday, marking the first time the country has hit more than 2,000 daily deaths since May.

Experts have warned that the latest outbreak could be exacerbated during the coming winter months when social events move to indoor settings where the virus can be more easily spread.

Trump Jr., echoing language used by other allies of the president, has downplayed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, saying late last month that deaths are “almost nothing.”

“We’ve gotten control of this, we understand how it works, they have the therapeutics to be able to deal with this,” he said on Fox News shortly before the election.

Trump Jr. was a regular figure on the campaign trail for Republicans this year. His girlfriend, Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleEric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida Missouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict MORE, tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.