Trump’s personal valet tests positive for coronavirus

The White House confirmed that both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both tested negative for coronavirus.

Trump’s personal valet tests positive for coronavirus

A member of the U.S. military who works at the White House has tested positive for coronavirus, a White House spokesman announced Thursday.

The White House confirmed that both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both tested negative for coronavirus after they were informed of the positive case by the White House Medical Unit.

“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Hogan Gidley, principal deputy press secretary said in a statement. “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”

Although Gidley declined to further identify the infected individual, a White House source confirmed to POLITICO that the person who tested positive was one of the president’s personal valets.

In early April, White House doctors began giving rapid coronavirus tests to people “in close proximity” to the president and vice president. This is not the president’s first scare with exposure to the virus, which was also confirmed in Brazilian government officials who visited Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida earlier this year.

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China-US tensions harm global anti-virus effort, warns EU envoy in Beijing

Nicolas Chapuis also said an EU-China investment agreement could be key for economic recovery.

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Growing tensions between the United States and China are obstructing the international cooperation needed to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the EU’s ambassador in Beijing has warned.

Speaking to reporters in the Chinese capital Thursday, Nicolas Chapuis also said that China could help alleviate these tensions, according to Reuters.

“We are seeing high levels of tensions, strategic, economic, political, growing day after day,” he said. “It is our opinion that these tensions are not conducive to the cooperative spirit we need today.”

His remarks come as relations between Washington and Beijing continue to sour. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the way China has handled the outbreak, while his administration says it is considering imposing tariffs on China.

Chapuis added that the EU was key to a multilateral strategy to combat the coronavirus and the economic fallout. “I am convinced that the EU voice is today more than ever necessary. We are the core of multilateral solutions that need to be taken to mitigate the coronavirus crisis and prepare for economic recovery,” he said.

He also said that an investment agreement between China and the EU, which is currently being negotiated, could play a crucial role in the world’s economic recovery after the pandemic.

“If the agreement can be concluded in time, that is, in the next few weeks, this agreement will be one of the keys of global recovery,” he said.

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