Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 — revealing her illness after President Trump contracted the virus.
McDaniel, 47, reportedly was with Trump most recently last Friday.
“After a member of her family tested positive for COVID-19, the Chairwoman was tested for the virus. On Wednesday afternoon, she got confirmation she was COVID-19 positive. She has been at her home in Michigan since last Saturday,” the RNC said in a statement.
Trump, 74, issued an after-midnight tweet early Friday announcing that he and the first lady were positive for the illness.
The president tweeted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Trump’s close aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday after developing symptoms during a relatively brisk 46-minute Trump campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday night.
Various other White House aides close to Hicks tested negative on Friday, including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
McDaniel is a niece of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and took the helm at the RNC in 2017 after a stint as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. Trump often remarks fondly on her encouragement that he visit the state for more campaign rallies in 2016 before his upset victory there.