Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien Tested Positive for Coronavirus: Report

 
Robert C. O'Brien enters the courtroom during the second day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial at the Stockholm city courthouse on August 1, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden

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United States National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive for Covid-19 last week, leading to his abrupt departure from the White House on Thursday.

Reports Monday indicated O’Brien caught the coronavirus “after a family event and has been isolating at home while still running the National Security Council, doing most of his work by phone.”

The White House said in a statement there was “no risk of exposure to the president or the vice president.”

O’Brien, who was appointed as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser in September following the departure of John Bolton, praised Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in May, telling NBC News’ Chuck Todd that the president’s travel ban on China “was a profile in courage.”

“That saved countless lives. I think that’s the thing that we have to focus on with China,” he declared.

UPDATE: O’Brien’s daughter previously contracted the coronavirus, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said in a press gaggle Monday morning. Officials believe she may have passed the virus to O’Brien.

This story is developing.

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