Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has tested positive for Covid-19, the president tweeted On Sunday.
Giuliani, 76, former New York City mayor, has spearheaded Trump’s attempt to tip over his electoral defeat to Joe Bidenthrough lawsuits in battlefield states.
Trump didn’t say when Giuliani tested positive or if he had symptoms.
“Rudy Giuliani, by far the greatest mayor in NYC history, and who has worked tirelessly to uncover what is by far the most corrupt elections in US history, tested positive for the China virus,” Trump said tweetedwith a racist term for the coronavirus.
“Get well soon, Rudy, we will carry on !!!”
Giuliani was often out and about after the elections and often appears in public without a mask.
Last week, He appeared maskless in front of Michigan lawmakers to challenge votes in the state. On Thursday, he spoke in a crowded legislature in the Georgia Capitol, also without a mask.
Trump himself Covid-19 was contracted in October and spent three days in the hospital near Washington DC.
At least 40 people in orbit of the President have tested positive since late September, including First Lady Melania Trump, her son Barron, Donald Trump Jr., and senior advisors and Republican politicians.
Vaccines are nearing approval, but the pandemic has spiked in recent months as Trump has been criticized for appearing to have given up the fight for control.
Johns Hopkins University recorded 213,875 new cases in the US on Saturday. Amid numbers worsened by Thanksgiving travel and gatherings that experts say are not yet known, there have been 2,254 new deaths, bringing the total US death toll to 280,979 out of nearly 14.6 million cases.
Trump has repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus and defied public health guidelines to prevent the disease from spreading. Right before Christmas, the White House hosts a series of Christmas parties with large crowds indoors. Photos from a party on Tuesday showed people without masks attending the celebrations.
On Sunday, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx, was interviewed about the contradictions between Trump’s actions and comments and the public health guidelines.
“I hear community members pondering these situations, pondering that masks don’t work, pondering that we should work towards herd immunity, saying that gatherings don’t lead to over-widespread events,” Birx told NBC’s Meet the Press.
“And I think our job is to keep saying that these are myths.”