National Security adviser to US President, Donald Trump, Robert O’Brien has tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the White House, the National Security adviser has been out of the office for a week and poses no threat of infection to President Trump and vice President, Mike Pence.
“O’Brien has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the president or the vice president.” The White House said in a statement.
O’Brien, 54, is the closest official to President Trump to contract the disease after his Son’s girlfriend tested positive last month.
The national security adviser was said to have contracted the virus while taking a few days off work to spend time with his family. O’Brien has been self-isolating at his home while running the National Security council virtually.
The infection of the president’s national security adviser comes on the heels of surging coronavirus infections across the United States, forcing Donald Trump to resume regular daily briefings after facing increasing criticism of his handling of the virus.
The United States alone has 4.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 146,935 thousand deaths according to data from the John Hopkins University.