White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Kovid-19 was declared positive by the National Security Council on Saturday.
“National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tested positive for COVID-19 today,” NSC spokeswoman Adrian Watson said in a statement. “He’s characterless and he’s not in touch with the president.”
Sullivan’s positive test came just days after Dr Anthony Fauzi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the health secretary. Javier Beckerra tested positive For coronavirus.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Biden clashed with NBC reporter Peter Alexander over the last coronavirus test.
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“This is regular cadence. We do the same. We share with the CDC when he’s in touch and when he’s not in touch, we’ll let you know if he’s in touch,” Pierre said when asked about Jean-Biden’s recent test schedule.
When pressed further about the exact date as usual, she refused to answer, instead repeating that Biden would be tested weekly.
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“So as soon as you go back there and find the date, will you share it with us?” Alexander asked.
“I’m not so charming,” she responded.
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Alexander continued to ask about the specific date, explaining that Jean-Pierre’s weekly examination for biden recommended by his doctor was the standard procedure and would only be affected by close contact.
Biden is currently touring his beach house in Delaware, where he told reporters Saturday that he was “happy” with the Senate’s progress on gun control and that he was “ready” to sign legislation on the issue.
Lindsay Cornick of Fox News contributed to this report.