US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House confirmed this on Thursday.
O’Brien has been out of the office since late last week, people familiar with the situation said. O’Brien got the coronavirus after a family gathering and now isolates herself at home.
He still heads the National Security Council (NSC) and does most of his work by phone. The White House said O’Brien has mild symptoms.
O’Brien and NSC staff are tested daily for Covid-19. His office is located in the hallway of Trump’s Oval Office and close to Vice President Mike Pence’s office.
There have been 16.2 million confirmed coronavirus infection cases worldwide since the pandemic started earlier this year, with more than 648,000 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
More than 4.2 million infections and 146,935 deaths have been recorded in the United States.