'Multiple White House staffers' test positive for COVID one day after trio of world leaders visit for peace signings

MULTIPLE White House staff members tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, according to reporters.

Foreign journalist Raquel Krähenbühl tweeted that the White House "called the journalists from the [press] pool 30 minutes late to get our routine covid test.


"I was told they were late because 'It was a very busy morning. We had a couple of positives today,'" she said officials told her on Wednesday.

The news comes the day after President Donald Trump met with world leaders at the White House.

The president met with leaders from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to sign landmark pacts.

Foreign ministers from the UAE and Bahrain, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were present at the deal ceremony.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows declined to confirm whether or not anyone in the White House tested positive for the virus.

"I don't comment on any health-related issues as it relates to the White House ever," Meadows said.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was similarly quiet about reports of cases at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"I don't share people's personal medical information," McEnany said in the White House press briefing room on Wednesday afternoon.

"I've seen the reporting out there, but again, I'm not here to give people's personal identities.

"In the past when I discuss a case, unfortunately, that individual's name was leaked to the media," she added.

In May, Vice President Mike Pence self-isolated at home after one of his aides tested positive for coronavirus.

An administration official said Pence was voluntarily keeping his distance from other people, but repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 since his exposure.

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