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U.S. President Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien tests positive for COVID-19

National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien. File

National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien. File   | Photo Credit: AFP

President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far.

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That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to discuss it by name.

The White House confirmed that Mr. O’Brien has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site, adding that: There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President” and that the “work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted”.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg News, which said Mr. O’Brien came down with the virus after a family event.

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A personal valet to the President and the Vice-President’s Press Secretary previously tested positive for the virus, which has now infected more than 4 million people nationwide.

Senior White House staff and anyone who comes into close contact with the President and Vice-President are tested for the virus every day.

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