Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine

Chelsea Clinton on Friday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE was to blame for more than 130 Secret Service officers reportedly quarantining or isolating because they had tested positive for COVID-19 or had come in contact with someone who had.

“Shame on you, ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ and your family,” the daughter of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFederal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world Intercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years MORE wrote on Twitter

“You put those sworn to protect you at risk with your reckless, dangerous choices,” she continued. “Hope every Secret Service agent and their family members receive the same care you did if they get sick from #covid19.” 


The Washington Post first reported the news Friday, writing that according to three people familiar with staffing for the organization, the agents who are in quarantine or isolating all either have the coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who tested positive.

The president, as well as first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE and other members of Trump’s inner circle, tested positive for COVID-19 in October. The president came under criticism when, as he recuperated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, he was driven by supporters outside the hospital while accompanied by agents. 


In response to the Post’s report Friday, the Secret Service said in a statement to The Hill that it “successfully carried out its protective obligations associated with the presidential campaign while fulfilling its statutory protective responsibilities,” although the agency did not confirm how many employees tested positive or how many are in quarantine. 

Days after an election party at the White House, other administration officials and Trump allies have tested positive, including White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE, Trump campaign adviser Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiGiuliani's son, a White House staffer, tests positive for coronavirus Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine More than 130 Secret Service officers in quarantine: report MORE, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after being 'extremely sick' with COVID-19 Ben Carson says he used unproven COVID-19 treatment recommended by MyPillow CEO Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine MORE and White House political director Brian Jack. 

Clinton has repeatedly leveled criticism against Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 10,728,000 people in the United States and left at least 243,300 dead as of Friday, according to The New York Times coronavirus database

On Thursday, the U.S. for the first time surpassed 150,000 newly confirmed infections in a single day, while the number of hospitalizations due to the virus hit a record of 67,096. 

In September, Clinton, who is also a fervent public health advocate, said in an interview on “The View” that she blamed Trump for the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19.

"I blame him [Trump] pretty fundamentally," she said at the time. “He has such a blatant disregard for public health and the advice from public health experts that's pretty uniform around things like masks, the continued importance of social distancing, how much safer it is to be kind of outside than inside, how important good ventilation is. Things that we have known for months.”