Two Of Kayleigh McEnany’s Closest Aides Reportedly Test Positive For Coronavirus


Two of Kayleigh McEnany’s closest aides were reported to have contracted coronavirus shortly after the White House press secretary announced her own positive diagnosis on Monday.

ABC’s John Santucci first reported that Chad Gilmartin, the White House’s principal assistant press secretary and a cousin of McEnany’s husband, received a positive test over the weekend. Gilmartin’s desk is located in the “upper press” area of the White House, just outside of McEnany’s office. (RELATED: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive For Coronavirus)

Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs also reported Monday that assistant press secretary Karoline Leavitt has also tested positive for coronavirus, which would appear to confirm reporting from Friday indicating that a communications staffer who sits in the area of the White House known as “lower press” had tested positive.

The White House declined to comment on the health status of either Gilmartin or Leavitt.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 01: Principal Assistant Press Secretary Chad Gilmartin (C) and Senior Communications Advisor Ben Williamson attend White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House June 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump encouraged U.S. governors to be more aggressive against violent protesters following several nights of nationwide violence in response to the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis police. “You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people,” he was reported saying during a call from the basement White House Situation Room. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

McEnany herself released a statement on Monday morning announcing her own case just days after President Donald Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for coronavirus treatment.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” the statement reads. “No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.”

McEnany, who has held multiple briefings with reporters over the past five days, added that she “definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.”

“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.”