New White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has announced he will self-quarantine for 14 days after possible contact with a coronavirus patient.
Mark’s communication director Ben Williamson made the announcement, tweeting:
Confirming: Mark Meadows was advised this weekend that now 12 days prior at CPAC, he may have come in contact with the COVID-19 positive test individual. A precautionary test came back negative & he feels great. He’ll be self-quarantined till the 14 day period passes Wednesday.
Fox News reports Mark Meadows, President Trump’s incoming White House chief of staff, may have come in contact with the Conservative Political Action Conference attendee who was diagnosed with the coronavirus and “out of an abundance of caution” will self-quarantine over the next two weeks.
His office said the North Carolina Republican tested negative for COVID-19 and has zero symptoms. He joins fellow Republican lawmakers—including Reps. Doug Collins of Georgia and Matt Gaetz of Florida—who said they were in contact with the individual at CPAC. None are experiencing any symptoms.
Gaetz was spotted riding on Air Force One last week as he learned the news. White House officials said when Gaetz learned he was in proximity to the man with coronavirus at CPAC, he sat by himself in a section of the president’s plane.
He told the Washington Post that by the end of the flight, Trump “coaxed” him to the front of the plane. Gaetz told the paper that Trump didn’t seem “hyper-cautious about being in the same space that I was in.”