Top Trump aide Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID: Senior advisor becomes FIFTEENTH member of the President’s inner circle to be infected after helping debate prep with Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and Chris Christie
- Trump advisor Stephen Miller, 35, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday
- White House said he has been working from home for the past five days
- Miller was last spotted on September 30 boarding Marine One with Hope Hicks
- He participated in debate prep last week with other aides who tested positive
- His wife Katie Miller is Pence’s communications director and is in Utah with VP
- She tested positive for coronavirus in May but fully recovered at the time
Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus, an administration official says.
Miller, 35, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday after working remotely for the prior five days and testing negative every day through yesterday, according to NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson.
Miller is currently in quarantine. His wife, Katie Miller, tested positive for COVID-19 in May, but returned to work as Vice President Mike Pence’s top spokeswoman after fully recovering from the infection at the time.
Katie Miller, who is currently pregnant, has been a key figure in Pence’s preparations for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate with Senator Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City.
She is currently in Utah with the vice president’s traveling party, an administration official told DailyMail.com.
Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller (together right) are now positive for COVID-19 a week after flying on Marine One with Jared Kushner (left) on September 30
Stephen Miller’s wife Katie Miller (with him above) tested positive for coronavirus in May and recovered. She is a spokeswoman for Vice President Pence and traveled with Pence to Utah ahead of the vice presidential debate on Wednesday
Miller was involved in Trump’s debate prep last week, before the president announced a positive test for COVID-19 early on Friday
On Tuesday, White House physician Jesse Shonau said in a memo that Pence had tested negative for the virus earlier in the day.
Katie Miller had previously mocked plans to install a plexiglass barrier between the two candidates at the vice presidential debate, saying: ‘If Senator Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it.’
Stephen Miller was last seen publicly on September 30, boarding Marine One with Director of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner and counselor to the President Hope Hicks.
Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 two days later, and Luna tested positive on October 3.
Stephen Miller is now at least the 15th Trump aide to test positive for the virus. The president and first lady announced their positive result early on Friday, October 2.
Stephen Miller (seen in June), a senior policy advisor to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus, an administration official says
Stephen Miller (second from right) was last seen publicly on September 30, boarding Marine One with (left to right) Director of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner and counselor to President Hope Hicks
From left Miller, Hicks, and Kushner board Marine One with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday September 30
Kellyanne Conway and Chris Christie are both seen at the September 26 Rose Garden ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Both then helped with Trump’s debate prep, and later tested positive for coronavirus.
Nearly all members of the White House ‘cluster’ either attended a Rose Garden ceremony on September 26, or participated in debate prep with Trump ahead of the September 29 presidential debate.
Miller was a key participant in Trump’s debate prep in the White House Map Room, along with Hicks, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, all of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 since the debate.
Miller, a top aide who has remained in his post since inauguration, is among the administration’s most controversial figures.
He is seen as the mastermind behind Trump’s travel ban against several majority-Muslim countries, as well as the scuttled policy of arresting all people who entered the country illegally, resulting in the separation of children from family members.
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TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1
Ronna McDaniel, 47. Chair of the Republican National Convention
McDaniel is thought to have been the first positive case. It was not made public until after Trump’s diagnosis.
She was last in contact with Trump on September 25. McDaniel began isolating on September 26 when a member of her family tested positive. She got her results several days later.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2
Hope Hicks, 31, Counselor to the President
Hicks was the first case reported and was tied to the President’s positive test.
She flew with him through the week before he was diagnosed and started feeling unwell on her way back from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday night.
She quarantined on Air Force One to stay away from him.
President Donald Trump, 74
Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2 at 1am. Was taken to Walter Reed on Friday night, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
Reported symptoms included trouble breathing, lethargy and a fever.
He was given an antibody cocktail on Friday and other treatments.
First Lady Melania Trump, 50
Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2 at 1am. She has been quarantining in the White House.
She suffered mild symptoms including a cough and a headache but has said repeatedly that she feels ‘good’.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2
Fr. John Jenkins, 66, President of the University of Notre Dame
Jenkins attended the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination without a mask on Saturday September 25.
The event in the White House Rose Garden is now widely believed to be the source of many of the infections.
He is not thought to have severe symptoms.
Mike Lee, 49, Republican Utah Senator
Lee also attended the event in the Rose Garden and he was seen hugging other attendees without a mask on.
He is not thought to have severe symptoms either.
Bill Stepien, 42, Trump’s Campaign Manager
Stepien tested positive after Trump.
He had mild, flu-like symptoms and planned to continue working from home.
He attended Tuesday night’s rally in Cleveland, having flown with Trump and Hicks on Air Force One to and from the event.
Michael Shear, 52, New York Times White House correspondent, and two other unnamed journalists
The journalists’ positive diagnoses were revealed on Friday.
Two attended the SCOTUS event, where they said they were forced into pen like enclosures at the back, with little space between them.
Hardly any of the guests at the event wore masks, they said.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3
Thom Tillis, 60, Republican North Carolina Senator
Tillis announced that he’d tested positive after routinely testing negative.
He said he was asymptomatic.
‘Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,’ he said in a statement.
Chris Christie, 58, Former New Jersey Governor
Christie has been at the White House frequently in recent weeks and was at the SCOTUS event.
He tested positive on Saturday and checked himself into hospital, he said, out of an abundance of caution because of his health conditions including asthma.
Nicholas Luna, 29, Chief of Oval Office Operations and ‘body man’
Luna’s job requirements involve following Trump around at all times.
He tested positive on Saturday night, more than 24 hours after President Trump did
Ron Johnson, 65, Republican Wisconsin Senator
Johnson still attended an Oktoberfest event on Friday night while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, despite knowing he had come into contact with others who had tested positive.
He defended it, saying he was asymptomatic
SUNDAY OCTOBER 4
Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President
Conway and her daughter have both tested positive.
The daughter, Claudia, revealed on Tik Tok that her mom had been coughing all over their home
MONDAY OCTOBER 5
Kayleigh McEnany, 32, White House Press Secretary
McEnany had tested negative last week after Trump’s diagnosis and she continued giving press conferences without a mask on until Sunday
Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary
Karoline Leavitt, Assistant Press Secretary
Two unnamed staff members who work in the White House residence.
They were told to use ‘discretion’ when discussing it, according to The New York Times
TUESDAY OCTOBER 6
Stephen Miller, 35, White House policy advisor
Miller had been working remotely for five days, and tested negative for coronavirus each day prior to testing positive, the administration said.
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