Several reporters slammed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who announced on Monday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus, with one saying she "recklessly endangered lives" by not wearing a mask during briefings.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms. No reporters, producers or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit,” McEnany, 32, said in a statement.
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people at this time,” she continued. “With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely.”
Some reporters angrily reacted to McEnany's announcement on social media, including CBS News White House Correspondent Ben Tracy, who said he "felt safer reporting in North Korea" than he currently does at the White House.
I felt safer reporting in North Korea than I currently do reporting at The White House. This is just crazy.— Ben Tracy (@benstracy) October 5, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany has repeatedly spoken to reporters without a mask on. She has recklessly endangered lives. https://t.co/BKnrD1AWRn— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 5, 2020
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Trump allies and aides now includes FLOTUS, Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielGOP seeks Biden referendum over vaccine mandates RNC vows to sue over Biden vaccine, testing mandate H.R. 4 carries forward the legacy of Congressman John Lewis MORE, Hope HicksHope HicksThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records UPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause MORE, Nick Luna, Chris Christie, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayCook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' Overnight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal MORE, Kayleigh McEnany, Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook MORE, and others. Plus three White House reporters.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 5, 2020
We could use a briefing with Dr Birx. pic.twitter.com/CKuZ0Rf0mq
This is remarkable.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 5, 2020
The positive cases at the White House just keeps growing with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany illustrating that people can test negative several times before a positive test. She like many others had multiple possible exposures.
McEnany is the latest member of the president’s inner circle to test positive following senior adviser Hope Hicks, 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, three Republican U.S. senators and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who assisted Trump with debate prep last month.
The president has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday after disclosing he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE tested positive for the virus.