A MEMBER of the US Navy – who serves as one of President Donald Trump's personal valets – has tested positive for coronavirus.
The news has reportedly upset the president, and raises concerns about his possible exposure to COVID-19.
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN: "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.
"The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health."
The White House is using the rapid Abbott Labs test, which are said to provide a diagnosis in 15 minutes.
Anyone who meets with the president is required to pass a coronavirus test.
A White House source told the outlet that the valet, who has not been identified, showed "symptoms" on Wednesday morning.
Trump was upset when he was informed that his valet had tested positive, a source told CNN.
It is not know whether the valet accompanied Trump on his Tuesday visit to an N95 factory in Arizona, where the president was pictured not wearing a mask.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Trump said: "I had a mask on for a period of time, I can't help you if you didn't see me [in it]. I was told I didn't need one.
"We were far away from people making the mask," he added, following the signing of a proclamation celebrating nurses.
"I did put a mask on and it was a Honeywell mask. I also had a 3M mask and about four other masks.
"I had it on backstage but they said I didn't need it."
The navy stewards are part of a unit that provides services for the West Wing – including catering and valet services.
According to CNN, the news that someone close to Trump had tested positive for coronavirus was "hitting the fan" in the West Wing.
The coronavirus has devastated the United States, having killed at least 68,581 Americans.
The country currently has a total of 1,187,510 confirmed cases.
However, 178,263 have recovered from the disease.
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