There are more than 130 Secret Service officers protecting President Donald Trump that have been recently ordered to isolate or quarantine, either because they tested positive for coronavirus or had close contact with those infected, according to a report from the Washington Post on Friday (November 13).
The spread of the disease has “sidelined roughly 10 percent of the agency’s core security team” according to the report, and is linked to campaign rallies that Trump held in the weeks before the presidential election, which he lost to Joe Biden.
The outbreak comes at the same time as more than 152,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Thursday (November 12) amid a week of record-setting spikes of the pandemic in the Untied States. Many of Trump‘s campaign allies and White House officials have also tested positive after attending events where many attendees did not wear masks, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and adviser Corey Lewandowski.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said the administration takes “every case seriously.” A spokeswoman for the Secret Service declined to comment to the Washington Post.
A representative also came under fire recently for what he commented on Tiffany Trump‘s photo.