In response to a new story in The Washington Post, greater than 130 Secret Service officers have been contaminated with the coronavirus and instructed to quarantine following U.S. president Donald Trump’s marketing campaign journey.
The infections are reportedly linked to a sequence of marketing campaign rallies held by president Trump through the weeks main as much as Election Day on November 3. Trump made 5 marketing campaign stops through the two final days of his marketing campaign alone, the place Secret Service have been tasked with securing the perimeter and screening spectators.
“Being down greater than 100 officers could be very problematic,” one former senior Secret Service supervisor advised the Put up. “That doesn’t bode nicely for White Home safety.”
Trump himself caught COVID-19 in October, and shocked the country when he endangered Secret Service members by enlisting them to guard him on the harmful rallies and even to drive him previous a crowd of supporters throughout his hospitalization.
Numerous Trump’s closest allies have examined optimistic for COVID-19 since then, together with White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows and political advisers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie.
The Republican Nationwide Committee additionally was affected, with eight members of workers testing optimistic.
White Home workers have solely hardly ever been seen sporting masks, because the Put up notes. Even Secret Service members have been seen with out masks.
The White Home employs round 1,300 Secret Service members to protect each its grounds and the vice chairman’s residence.
“I’m making an attempt to work at home,” one senior administration official advised the Put up on Wednesday. “It’s probably not secure to be in there proper now.”