Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney and former New York City mayor, has tested positive for COVID-19. Trump announced Giuliani’s condition via twitter on Sunday.
“[email protected], by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” Trump tweeted. “Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!”
Less than a week before the president’s tweet, Giuliani had spent more than 10 hours discussing election concerns with Arizona Republicans, including two members of Congress and at least 13 current and future state lawmakers, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix last Monday. He led the meeting maskless, flouting social distancing guidelines and posing for photos.
Giuliani also met privately with Republican lawmakers and legislative leadership the next day, according to several lawmakers’ social media posts. The news of his positive statues caused the the Arizona Legislature to close down for a week.
Democrat, Senator Martín Quezada, called the chain of potential exposure, “the epitome of COVID-19 irresponsibility.” Addressing Republican lawmakers, he said, “You owe it to the very people who work in the Capitol buildings to be better than this.”
Giuliani, who has often disregarded public health guidelines surrounding the coronavirus, is just the latest in Trump’s orbit to test positive for COVID-19. Since October, the Trump administration has grappled with coronavirus outbreaks among its staff , something critics have said showed how dismissively the president has treated the entire pandemic.
Just an hour before publication, the HuffPost reported that Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.