One of Donald Trump’s aides has also tested positive for COVID-19.
It was confirmed that Nicholas Luna caught the virus a little more than 24 hours after Trump was hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bloomberg reports. As one of Trump’s “body men,” Luna runs Oval Office operations for the White House, handles Trump’s papers and speech texts, and accompanies Trump on his trips—like to the debate in Cleveland—putting Luna on board Air Force One during the Minnesota trip where advisor Hope Hicks was first showing symptoms.
Trump and the first lady announced on Friday that they had tested positive for the virus, and now, it’s been confirmed that a total of 15 people have caught COVID: Trump, Melania Trump, and Hicks; Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien; the Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel; Utah Sen. Mike Lee, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway; three White House reporters, one White House staffer; and Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University.
Many suspect that Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House may be the social event where many of the aforementioned contracted the virus, as very few attendees wore face coverings. Joe Biden has since tested negative for coronavirus, but because the illness has a 14-day incubation period, this doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods just yet.
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Nick Luna, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE’s personal assistants, is the latest White house aide to receive a positive coronavirus diagnosis, Bloomberg reports.
The new outlet noted that Luna works closely with Trump and serves as one of the president’s “body men.”
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the aide’s reported diagnosis, which comes several days after Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE were confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus.
The first couple’s diagnosis was announced shortly after it was discovered White House adviser Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksDoctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says Barr will not quarantine following potential exposure to COVID-19 MORE had also tested positive for the illness. In the days since, a number of top Republicans have also tested positive for the coronavirus.
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By Stephen Culp
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday as news that U.S. President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 put investors in a risk-off mood and added to mounting uncertainties surrounding the looming election.
Tech shares weighed heaviest on the indexes, but the blue-chip Dow’s losses were mitigated by gains in economically sensitive cyclical stocks.
Despite Friday’s sell-off, the S&P and the Nasdaq both gained 1.5% on the week, while the Dow ended the session 1.9% higher than last Friday’s close.
Trump tweeted late Thursday that he had contracted the coronavirus and would be placed under quarantine, compounding the unknowns for an already volatile market.
But stocks pared losses after the White House provided assurances that Trump, while experiencing mild symptoms, is not incapacitated.
“This injects further uncertainty into the outcome of the election,” said Roberto Perli, head of global policy research at Cornerstone Macro in Washington. “My read is that markets have demonstrated an aversion of late especially to uncertainty, not so much to one or the other candidate winning.”
Equities also got a brief boost after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that an agreement to provide another $25 billion in government assistance to the airline industry was “imminent.”
“Markets are also paying attention to the likelihood that another stimulus package will pass soon,” Perli added. “If that happens it could offset at least in part the uncertainty generated by the COVID news.”
House Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion fiscal aid package on Thursday, but the bill is unlikely to be approved in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Partisan wrangling over the size and details of a new round of stimulus have stalled, over two months after emergency unemployment benefits expired for millions of Americans.
Data released on Friday showed the recovery of
Stocks ended lower Friday after President Donald Trump said he tested positive for the coronavirus and the U.S. added fewer jobs in September than forecast.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had tumbled on the news, ended down 134 points, or 0.48%, at 27,682, the S&P 500 declined 0.96% and the Nasdaq slumped 2.22%.
But the stock market finished the week higher: The Dow rose by 1.9%, and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each gained 1.5%.
Airline stocks climbed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi she was willing to pass a stand-alone Covid-19 airline-relief bill and asked the airlines to delay job cuts that started this week.
United Airlines (UAL) – Get Report, Delta Airlines (DAL) – Get Report, and Southwest Airlines (LUV) – Get Report all finished higher.
Tech stocks got hammered during the session, with Netflix (NFLX) – Get Report, Alphabet (GOOGL) – Get Report, Apple (AAPL) – Get Report and Amazon (AMZN) – Get Report all finishing lower.
Just before 1 a.m. ET Friday, the president posted via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding that the two “will get through this together.”
Reports Friday said Trump was experiencing cold-like symptoms.
Hours earlier, he had said that Hope Hicks, his adviser, also tested positive for Covid-19.
Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, all tested negative.
The announcement early Friday from Trump came as big cities across the U.S., such as New York, have seen coronavirus cases spike. Roughly 7.3 million cases of the virus have been confirmed in the U.S., with more than 208,400 deaths, the most in the world.