Head of White House security office is ‘gravely ill with coronavirus and has been hospitalized since September’ – raising suspicions that it was him who brought the virus to the center of government
- Head of White House security is seriously ill with COVID-19, Bloomberg reports
- Crede Bailey was sick before the Sept 26 Rose Garden ‘super spreader’ event
- Bailey’s diagnosis makes him the 34th person in Trump’s orbit to test positive
- The White House is yet to confirm Bloomberg’s reporting
The head of the White House security office is seriously ill with COVID-19 and has been in hospital since September, according to reports.
Crede Bailey, who is in charge of issuing security credentials to the building and liaising with the Secret Service on the compound, fell ill before the September 26 Rose Garden ‘super spreader event’, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
The White House has not disclosed Bailey’s illness, which was confirmed to Bloomberg by four sources.
On Wednesday night it was confirmed that the Marine Corps’ second-highest-ranking officer has tested positive.
Gen. Gary L. Thomas, the 58-year-old assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, had been in self-quarantine since Tuesday ‘out of an abundance of caution’ after being notified he had recently been in contact with someone who later tested positive, a statement from the service said.
If Bailey’s diagnosis is confirmed, it means that at least 34 people in Donald Trump’s orbit are now known to have become infected, according to a leaked FEMA tally.
Crede Bailey, left, the head of the White House security office, has been in hospital for weeks
The head of the White House security office has been fighting COVID for several weeks
Trump, pictured Wednesday, tested positive on Thursday and was taken to hospital Friday
Four sources told Bloomberg that Crede Bailey was one of the first in the recent COVID cluster
Hope Hicks, counselor to the president, was the first to have her positive diagnosis confirmed, again reported by Bloomberg rather than being announced by the White House.
Since then the president and first lady; Kellyanne Conway and her daughter; Trump’s speechwriter Stephen Miller; campaign manager Bill Stepien; debate adviser Chris Christie; and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany have all tested positive.
Bailey, a career federal employee who has seldom appeared in the news, was swept up in a controversy last year over security clearances granted to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Bailey privately testified to the House Oversight Committee that he didn’t face pressure from others at the White House to grant clearances, according to a report by The Hill.
White House employees were seen disinfecting the building on Monday
Trump left the Walter Reed hospital on Monday after three nights of treatment for COVID
Trump arrived back at the White House Monday evening and immediately removed his mask
Those infected include 1. President Donald Trump, 74; 2. First Lady Melania Trump, 50; 3. Fr. John Jenkins, 66. President of the University of Notre Dame; 4. Mike Lee, 49. Republican Utah Senator; 5. Thom Tillis, 60. Republican North Carolina Senator; 6. Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President; 7. Chris Christie, 58. Former New Jersey Governor; 8. Kayleigh McEnany, 32. White House Press Secretary; 9. Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary, 22; 10. Karoline Leavitt, 23. Assistant Press Secretary; 11. Pastor Greg Laurie, 67. Harvest Crusades televangelist
TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1
Ronna McDaniel, 47. Chair of the Republican National Convention
McDaniel is thought to have been the first positive case. It was not made public until after Trump’s diagnosis.
She was last in contact with Trump on September 25. McDaniel began isolating on September 26 when a member of her family tested positive. She got her results several days later.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2
Hope Hicks, 31, Counselor to the President
Hicks was the first case reported and was tied to the President’s positive test.
She flew with him through the week before he was diagnosed and started feeling unwell on her way back from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday night.
She quarantined on Air Force One to stay away from him.
President Donald Trump, 74
Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2 at 1am. Was taken to Walter Reed on Friday night, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
Reported symptoms included trouble breathing, lethargy and a fever.
He was given an antibody cocktail on Friday and other treatments.
First Lady Melania Trump, 50
Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2 at 1am. She has been quarantining in the White House.
She suffered mild symptoms including a cough and a headache but has said repeatedly that she feels ‘good’.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2
Fr. John Jenkins, 66, President of the University of Notre Dame
Jenkins attended the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination without a mask on Saturday September 25.
The event in the White House Rose Garden is now widely believed to be the source of many of the infections.
He is not thought to have severe symptoms.
Mike Lee, 49, Republican Utah Senator
Lee also attended the event in the Rose Garden and he was seen hugging other attendees without a mask on.
He is not thought to have severe symptoms either.
Bill Stepien, 42, Trump’s Campaign Manager
Stepien tested positive after Trump.
He had mild, flu-like symptoms and planned to continue working from home.
He attended Tuesday night’s rally in Cleveland, having flown with Trump and Hicks on Air Force One to and from the event.
Michael Shear, 52, New York Times White House correspondent, and two other unnamed journalists
The journalists’ positive diagnoses were revealed on Friday.
Two attended the SCOTUS event, where they said they were forced into pen like enclosures at the back, with little space between them.
Hardly any of the guests at the event wore masks, they said.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3
Thom Tillis, 60, Republican North Carolina Senator
Tillis announced that he’d tested positive after routinely testing negative.
He said he was asymptomatic.
‘Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,’ he said in a statement.
Chris Christie, 58, Former New Jersey Governor
Christie has been at the White House frequently in recent weeks and was at the SCOTUS event.
He tested positive on Saturday and checked himself into hospital, he said, out of an abundance of caution because of his health conditions including asthma.
Nicholas Luna, 29, Chief of Oval Office Operations and ‘body man’
Luna’s job requirements involve following Trump around at all times.
He tested positive on Saturday night, more than 24 hours after President Trump did
Ron Johnson, 65, Republican Wisconsin Senator
Johnson still attended an Oktoberfest event on Friday night while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, despite knowing he had come into contact with others who had tested positive.
He defended it, saying he was asymptomatic
SUNDAY OCTOBER 4
Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President
Conway and her daughter have both tested positive.
The daughter, Claudia, revealed on Tik Tok that her mom had been coughing all over their home
MONDAY OCTOBER 5
Kayleigh McEnany, 32, White House Press Secretary
McEnany had tested negative last week after Trump’s diagnosis and she continued giving press conferences without a mask on until Sunday
Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary
Karoline Leavitt, Assistant Press Secretary
Two unnamed staff members who work in the White House residence.
They were told to use ‘discretion’ when discussing it, according to The New York Times
TUESDAY OCTOBER 6
Stephen Miller, 35, White House policy advisor
Miller had been working remotely for five days, and tested negative for coronavirus each day prior to testing positive, the administration said.
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