President Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for the coronavirus Friday evening, a campaign official told Fox News, hours after the president and first lady confirmed they too had contracted the virus.
Stepien plans to quarantine until he recovers and work from home, the official said.
A senior campaign official said Stepien was suffering from “mild flu-like symptoms,” Politico reported.
President Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has tested positive for the coronavirus. (Associated Press)
Deputy campaign manager Justin Clark will oversee Trump’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., while Stepien works remotely, Fox News has confirmed.
Trump was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday out of an “abundance of caution” as he appeared to have a low-grade fever and a cough. His physician, Dr. Sean Conley, confirmed late Friday that the president had begun taking Remdesivir as a treatment for the virus.
The president, 74, was expected to remain hospitalized at least for a few days.
White House aide Hope Hicks, former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., are among Republicans that have also tested positive in recent days.
Stepien, 42, took over management of Trump’s campaign in July, in a shakeup that also resulted in the reassignment of previous manager Brad Parscale, who has since left the campaign team.
Stepien’s work history includes management of both of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaigns.
Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway announced she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms, including a cough.
Conway, who recently stepped down from her White House position to focus on her family, made the announcement on Twitter on Friday night.
“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.
“As always,” Conway continued, “my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic.”
Conway’s confirmation of her positive test result came less than 24 hours after President Trump announced on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the virus.
The president has since been transported to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland as a precautionary measure after he began to exhibit mild symptoms.
Prior to his helicopter ride to the hospital Friday afternoon, Trump recorded a video in which he informed the public that he was “doing very well.”
Conway, 53, was in attendance at last Saturday’s White House Rose Garden event at which President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Several other attendees of the same event have also tested positive for the coronavirus, in addition to President Trump and the first lady.
Conway announced in late August that she would be leaving the White House at the end of the month. The move followed media reports about online posts by at least one of her four children with her husband, attorney George Conway.
Conway’s Friday message left unclear whether her husband and children had tested positive for the virus.