Mike Pence's Chief Of Staff Has Covid-19; At Least Five Of His Staffers Including "Body Man"

Mike Pence heads national coronavirus task force. (Wikipedia) Update: October 24th: Mike Pence Chief Of Staff Marc Short tests positive – an...

Mike Pence heads national coronavirus task force. (Wikipedia)


Update: October 24th: Mike Pence Chief Of Staff Marc Short tests positive – and one other Pence staff tested positive. Several more Pence staff are unnamed, but said to be positive, too. White House says Pence is "Essential Worker" as he and wife test negative and continue campaigning 
 

Vice President Mike Pence, in spite of having "close contact" with his chief of staff, Marc Short, will continue with his busy schedule, said the White House. Short, a key aide, has contracted Covid-19 and has spent a lot of time with the Vice President. Neither Pence nor his wife tested positive, the White House said. Mike Pence is the major voice of the national Coronavirus Task Force. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said October 25th that Mike Pence is an "Essential Worker" and will stay out and about without quarantining. By the afternoon of October 25th, the White House said 5 of Pence's staffers had been infected. The names of some of the aides were not revealed -- but some say they should be as they deal regularly with the public, and with Senators, Congressmen and others who could infect the public.

Chris Christie (Wikipedia)
 

Update: October 15th, 8 pm ADT: Chris Christie was in ICU with Covid-19 for a solid week; tells public it's a serious virus, and to wear a mask

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who apparently became ill either at the Rose Garden ceremony in late September or while working on preparation for the Biden-Trump debate was very seriously ill after he contracted coronavirus. He said on October 15th that he spent 7 days in isolation in an ICU unit. "I was wrong," he said. "I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the President and the rest of the team. I hope that my experience shows my fellow citizens that you should follow CDC guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others." Christie continued: "Having had this virus I can also assure those who have not had it of a few things. It is something to take very seriously. The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly. No on should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others."

Update: October 15th, 8 am ADT: Two members of Kamala Harris team have Covid-19

The Biden campaign has halted VP candidate Kamala Harris' travel after a flight crew member and a communications director tested positive. Biden has halted her travel, and is contact tracing. Since then, she had two high-end covid tests, and tested negative both times. The campaign said she was not in contact with either one of them recently.

Update: October 14th, 2 pm ADT: Another "Rose Garden" Outbreak Infection –Woman Who Sat Next To Kellyanne Conway Now Has Covid

Trish Scalia, wife of U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, and daughter-in-law of former U.S. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia, has tested positive for Covid-19. Photos of her at the Rose Garden event held at the White House on September 26th, show her sitting next to Kellyanne Conway and right behind Melania Trump -- both of whom also got coronavirus. 

Update: October 14th, 2 pm ADT: Barron Trump, son of Melania and Donald Trump, had coronavirus, too

Barron Trump, the teenage son of the President, is recovering from coronavirus. This had not been known, He had it at the same time as his parents.


Nuclear Football Carrier Stricken (Wikipedia)
 

Update: October 7th, 2 pm ADT: Coast Guard Aide Who Carries "Nuclear Football" Struck With Coronavirus.; Always Near The President

One of the stranger jobs in the White House is trotting along behind the President of the United States (whoever that may be) with a big black sack. Inside the sack are the nuclear codes, so the President can launch a nuclear war. This is known as "The Nuclear Football." This past weekend, Coast Guard aide Jayna McCarron, who had that job, was struck with COVID-19. 

 

Update: October 7th:  Top White House Security Official Seriously Ill With COVID-19, Hospitalized Since September

Crede Bailey, the head of White House security is extremely ill with COVID-19. Bailey is in charge of allowing people access to the White House and works very closely with the Secret Service. He has been hospitalized since September. The White House did not initially reveal his illness, but did confirm it once it was discovered by news sources


Update: October 7th, 12 pm ADT:  FEMA Says White House-Related Infections Higher Than Commonly Reported

FEMA, which is most commonly known for monitoring major national disasters such as floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, has released an internal government memo that "34 White House staffers and other contacts" have recently been stricken. The number is higher than the running lists outwardly known by the public. Several housekeepers at the White House, as well as another member of the Joint Chiefs operations have been added to the known list.

White House Advisor Stephen Miller (Wikimedia)
 

Update: October 6th, 3:30 pm ADT:  Policy & Anti-Immigration Advisor Has Virus 

After being in quarantine for COVID-19 and testing negative on multiple days, Stephen Miller has tested positive. Miller played a key role in anti-immigration policies from the start of the Trump administration. His wife, Katie Miller, is press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence. She tested positive earlier, in May, 2020, and has since recovered.

In Quarantine: Mark A. Milley, Chairman Joint Chiefs. (Photo, Dept. of Defense)

 

Update: October 6th: Stock Market Tanks As Trump Halts Stimulus Talks

The stock market immediately began a steep downward drop within seconds after President Donald J. Trump halted stimulus talks around 11:30 am Alaska Time on Tuesday, October 6th. It was the day after the President went back to work. He said:  “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hard-working Americans and Small Business." By 11 pm Eastern Time the president apparently had a change of heart and tweeted that he was ready to approve several important key stimulus concepts including funding for the airlines and $1,200 stimulus checks.
 
Update: October 6th: Senior Military Leadership At The Pentagon Is Quarantined
At the same time that President Donald J. Trump was downplaying COVID-19 and urging his fellow citizens to forge ahead, another branch of government was dramatically hit by the virus. At 1 pm Eastern (9 am Alaska time) the Pentagon announced a major emergency. The day before, Monday, October 6th, the number two admiral in the Coast Guard had been struck with coronavirus. The positive test set off a chain of events at the Pentagon. All the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon began working from home Tuesday morning, under quarantine. The admiral, who is also known as "the Assistant Commandant", had been with others at the Pentagon for several days in meetings, and had exposed all of them. This included a classified meeting in a secure room at the Pentagon called "The Tank." The list of quarantined Pentagon officials includes a list of heavy hitters: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Vice Chairman, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Chief of Space Operations, the Head of the National Guard, the #2 General at the Marine Corps, and the Head of the U.S. Cyber Command in charge of investigating tampering in election security. All have been tested, and there is no word yet that these military heads (other than the infected Assistant Commandant) have COVID-19. The list of persons in America's highest levels of government who have gotten the disease, or are in serious danger of getting it, has been growing exponentially. For a number of days, military analysts, and former government officials — both Republican and Democrat — have been saying on television that the confluence of White House staff, the president, and U.S. legislators being sidelined is a major national security issue – even without bringing the military into the equation.

Update: October 5th: President Leaves Walter Reed

On October 5th, using Twitter, President Trump wrote that he was leaving Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M He got into the helicopter at 6:57 and returned to the White House. 

Update: October 5th: Kayleigh McEnany Stricken; Two Deputy Press Secretaries Also Sick.  Senators Sasse, Lankford & Cruz – and Attorney General Barr: All Self-Quarantining  

The White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, who is charged with meeting almost daily with journalists and White House staff announced at around noon Eastern time that she also has coronavirus. So far, three members of the press corps at the White House have tested positive, and a White House press employee has also tested positive. Then, by 1:30 pm the same day, two deputy press secretaries who worked with Kayleigh McEnany and the press were also determined to have COVID-19. Because of contact with Utah Senator Mike Lee (who is sick with COVID-19), Senators Ted Cruz, James Lankford and Ben Sasse have all gone into self-quarantine in case they have the virus, too. Attorney General William Barr, who was seen talking at the Rose Garden last week, within inches of Kellyanne Conway who tested positive, is also self-quarantining. 

Kayleigh McEnany tested positive October 5th. (Wikipedia)

Update: October 4th: President Waves To Supporters 

President Donald J. Trump took a spin near Walter Reed Medical Center in his secure limousine. He waved through the window at supporters who had gathered in front of the hospital. 

Update: October 4th, 7:45 am: Medical Team Report; Tracing Those Who Were Exposed

Seven members of the President's medical team, including the White House physician, spoke to the public on the steps in front of Walter Reed on Sunday. The White House doctor verified that there had been at least two incidents of low oxygen levels – one of them on Saturday – but did not clarify some details of how low the oxygen levels went or exactly how this issue was addressed. The President is now said to be taking a steroid. One of the other doctors at the press conference said that Trump might go back to the White House as early as the next day – Monday, October 5th. (However, Robert O'Brien, the National Security Advisor, was reported, at around the same time, to assert that Trump would remain in the hospital for a longer period due to the way the disease tends to resurge several days after it first presents.) Meanwhile, some White House staff are telling the press that they are trying to assess their own exposure and to get back personal COVID test results to see if they, too, may be sick – with some of them apparently exhibiting symptoms. At the same time, New Jersey contact tracers are emailing notices to up to 200 wealthy donors who met personally with the President at Bedminster, his New Jersey golf course, only hours before it was announced that he had COVID-19. 

Update: October 3rd, 6 pm, ADT: Presidential Body Man

The President's "Body Man" (the person who carries his documents, attends to his requests, runs the operations in the Oval Office, and helps plan his day) has come down with the coronavirus. Nick Luna spends his days in close proximity to the President as his major duty. 

Update: October 3rd, 4 pm, ADT: President Says He Feels Good 

At 8 pm Eastern time, Donald Trump, sitting in front of a bank of closed white cabinets, released a video from the hospital, saying "I'm starting to feel good." His comments followed a stark warning about his health from Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, on the heels of a far more optimistic assessment the same day by the White House Physician. 

Update: October 3rd, 3 pm, ADT: Rose Garden & Debate Preparation Fallout  

There are apparently at least two incidents where the virus spread to the highest levels of the U.S. Government this week. One spreading event seems to have stemmed from"debate preparation" for Tuesday's presidential debates. The second was a major Rose Garden event introducing the new Supreme Court nominee. All the people at these events can be identified by name. In the Rose Garden celebration, multiple still and video photos, taken from above (probably from a low balcony or stair) easily track the locations of the people involved, their filmed interactions (such as hugging and holding each other when they met) and their identities. Already, doctors and experts are analyzing the Rose Garden films, pairing them against known victims from the event shown below in the pictures: Kellyanne Conway, Chris Christie, Thom Tillis, Mike Lee and so on. Experts can easily see how they interacted, and can follow up to see if they then became ill. (Another unique aspect of this event is that people who were there are far more likely to follow through and get COVID testing than people at other possible similar events, such as motorcycle rallies, demonstrations and so on, where they don't know each other and can't be traced after they leave for home.) There is now a possibility that the Rose Garden celebration at the White House will unexpectedly allow an unprecedented scientific tracking view of exactly how a "superspreader" event occurs. 

Update: October 3rd, 11 am, ADT: Chris Christie & Ron Johnson 

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both of whom had intensive contact with other high government officials, the White House, and/or the President recently have both declared falling to the illness. Eleven debate set-up personnel had also been stricken. 

Update: October 3rd, 8 am, ADT: Ten Doctors 

Ten masked doctors and medical personnel – from Johns Hopkins, Walter Reed Hospital and the White House, who are handling his crisis – marched out of a building and held a press conference around noon at Walter Reed. They said Donald Trump was responding well. However, minutes after the press conference, a differing notice from the White House, given by an official to the White House Press Corps, abridged the statement. The new statement said the President was "not on a clear path to a full recovery." 

Update: October 2nd, 7pm, ADT: Kellyanne Conway 

Kellyanne Conway, former assistant to President Trump, has come down with COVID-19. She announced it around 24 hours after the nation learned the President had the virus. Conway, who is not working at the White House at the present time, was apparently exposed as a guest at a packed Rose Garden event nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. At around the same time, Conway's outspoken teenage daughter, who has a large TikTok following, announced her mother's illness before she did -- and also revealed that she herself had COVID-19, too.

Update: October 2nd: Judge Had COVID In Summertime 

Amy Coney Barrett, the federal judge who is being considered for the Supreme Court and was in intense contact with many White House and Congressional leaders in the past week, surprised everybody when it turned out on October 2nd that she already had COVID-19 this summer. 

Update: October 2nd, 5 pm ADT: List of Ill People 

Later in the evening of October 2nd, not even 24 hours after the first announcement of the White House outbreak, in addition to Hope Hicks, President Trump and the First Lady there were others who had become ill. Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, Ronna McDaniel the Republican National Committee Chairwoman, Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, the President of Notre Dame University, three random journalists who worked at the White House and a White House press staff member had all been confirmed to be part of the outbreak. 

Update: October 2nd, 3 pm ADT: President Medevaced

President Donald Trump was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center, 7 minutes away from the White House, by helicopter. Very little is known about his situation, but observing doctors say that it probably means his condition has gone from "mild" to "moderate." His wife, who is also ill, was not transported.

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