Key adviser to President Donald Trum tested positive for Covid-19

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Key adviser to President Donald Trum tested positive for Covid-19

President Donald Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House has confirmed.

Mr. O'Brien, 54, has self-isolated and works from home.

The assistant has mild symptoms and there was no risk of exposure to Mr. Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, according to a statement.

Mr. O'Brien is the most senior official in Mr. Trump's administration known to have tested positive.

It is not known when he and the president last met, but an administration official said it had not been "several days". The couple appeared together two weeks ago on a trip to Miami.

The White House statement read, “He has mild symptoms, has self-isolated and worked from a safe location off-site. There is no risk of being exposed to the president or vice-president. The work of the National Security Council continues without interruption. . "

Some staff told CNN they only learned of the infection from the media on Monday.

A source told Bloomberg that Mr O'Brien had been out of his office for a week and the adviser contracted the virus after a family event.

Anyone close to the president is regularly tested for Covid-19.

A number of people in and around the administration have tested positive, including a serviceman who works as a valet in the White House, Mr. Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, and a squadron of Marine helicopters.

Who is Robert O'Brien?

A lawyer by training, he had a long diplomatic career serving Republicans and Democrats. He is believed to be the most senior Mormon member of the Trump administration.

He was chosen to replace John Bolton as national security adviser last September, after Mr Bolton left amid fallout grudges with President Trump.

Legend of the mediaSpeaking in April 2019, Robert O'Brien addresses families of Americans detained abroad

Mr. O'Brien shares the same views as Mr. Trump on a number of issues, including criticism of the UN and opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

Mr. O'Brien visited Paris this month to discuss foreign policy issues with his European counterparts, and gave a speech in Arizona in June comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

This article appeared first on: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53557447

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