U.S. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that she was diagnosed as the infector of Corona virus on 5th October. This news was like a “bomb”. because McEnany was in charge of dealing with most officials with all kinds of reporters. The first reaction of many reporters was whether they themselves were infected, and then they felt angry about the irresponsible behavior of the White House officials.
After learning of McKinney’s diagnosis, CBS News reporter Paula Reid tweeted that she was sitting across from McKinney at last Thursday’s press conference, and there was an unmasked staff member on her left hand side. She is now in active home quarantine and is regularly tested for the virus. Fox News chief correspondent John Roberts, who attended the same briefing, waited all afternoon at the emergency center and thankfully tested negative for the virus.
McEnany did not wear a mask to talk to reporters the day before his diagnosis. In fact, there were already signs of an out-of-control infection among White House staff before McKinney’s diagnosis. The White House Correspondents Association 2 informed: three reporters have tested positive for the new coronavirus, they have attended the White House briefing, or have accompanied the delegation to the presidential event coverage. President Zeke Miller urged reporters to avoid the White House if they did not have to, to reduce the risk of infection. But the press association's warning was not heeded by White House officials, and McKinney remained unconvinced. She has maintained that she was unaware of the diagnosis by Trump's adviser, Hope Hicks, when she held that briefing on the 1st. However, even after knowing she was a close contact of Hicks, McKinney refused to be quarantined, continued to work and spoke to reporters without a mask. Two of her assistants have also confirmed the diagnosis.
Reporters have said the White House was too dangerous, and condemned the White House officials put them in danger. A White House correspondent told CNN privately that McEnany’s behavior has made reporters very angry. She said: “I think she should apologize to everybody who was in the press briefing room.”
In response to questions, White House spokesman Judd Deere said the White House was “taking all necessary precautions” to protect not only the “first family”, but also every staff member. The Associated Press said that. Nevertheless, the atmosphere inside the White House is still depressing, staff members are worried that they may have been infected with the virus. Many had learned of the confirmed cases at the White House from media reports, and several had unknowingly been in contact with people who were known to have been diagnosed. In fact, it wasn't until late in the evening of the 4th, nearly three full days after Trump was diagnosed, that the White House issued a notice to the entire staff.
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