President Donald Trump said Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a Sunday afternoon tweet, the president announced that the former New York mayor had tested positive.
The 76-year-old had shown some symptoms and was admitted to the Washington Medical Centre of Georgetown University, sources said.
In recent weeks, Mr. Giuliani has traveled extensively to the swing states to help Mr. Trump fight his loss in the election.
Mr. Trump wished him an expeditious recovery.
“Get well Rudy, we will keep going!!!”Get well Rudy, we’re going to keep going!!!
On Thursday, Mr. Giuliani attended a hearing at the Georgia Capitol, where he appeared without a mask for several hours. Several state senators at the hearing also did not wear masks.
The lawyer was in Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday night, to testify at a highly uncommon four-hour congressional hearing in which he advised Republican lawmakers to disregard the ratification of Joe Biden’s Michigan win and designate Mr. Trump’s election officials.
He wasn’t wearing a mask, nor was attorney Jenna Ellis sitting beside him. One of his witnesses, a Detroit election official, asked at one point if she would be comfortable removing her mask, but lawmakers said they could hear her.
A virtual briefing for Republican activists was conducted before the hearing by Mr. Giuliani and Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox, both maskless.
Mr. Giuliani went to Phoenix on Monday, where he met with Republican representatives for a lengthy hearing in which he was also unmasked. A image of Mr. Giuliani and other state GOP lawmakers standing shoulder-to-shoulder without masks was tweeted by the Arizona Republican Party.
“due to recent cases and concerns regarding Covid-19.”due to recent cases and concerns about Covid-19.
Mr. Giuliani made an appearance on Fox News earlier on Sunday to speak on behalf of Mr. Trump about his legal problems in many states.
Mr. Giuliani tweeted late Sunday night that he was “receiving great care and feeling good” and “recovering quickly.”
The diagnosis comes more than a month after Mr. Trump lost his campaign for re-election and more than two months in early October after Mr. Trump became ill with the virus.
Since then, a number of administration officials and others close to Mr. Trump, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, have also tested positive.
Mr. Giuliani’s uncle, Andrew Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s special assistant, said he tested positive for a coronavirus last month.
“I am experiencing mild symptoms and following all appropriate protocols, including quarantine and performing contact tracing,”I am experiencing mild symptoms and following all appropriate protocols, including quarantine and contact tracing.
The unprecedented spread by associates of Mr. Trump underscores the cavalier attitude of the president to a virus that has now infected more than 280,000 people in the U.S. alone.
The vice president, his chief of staff, the White House press secretary, advisers Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller, as well as Trump’s campaign manager and the Republican National Committee chairman are among those infected.
Mr. Trump spent the final days of his campaign seeking to persuade the American public that the virus was weakening, saying frequently that after Nov. 3 it would “go away” miraculously. The nation is, instead, witnessing a record-breaking rise in infections.
In an NBC interview on Sunday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force administrator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was quietly critical of Mr. Trump’s position on the virus.
“Asked if Mr. Trump and other members of the administration disregard health experts’ warnings to avoid large gatherings and wear masks, Dr. Birx replied that some leaders are “parroting myths” and called the pandemic “the worst event facing this world.
“And I think our job is to constantly say these are myths, they are wrong, and you can see the evidence,” added Dr. Birx.