Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, tested positive for the coronavirus that causes covid-19 several days ago, her spokesman said Friday morning.
McDaniel was last with Trump a week ago at a Sept. 25 fundraiser, and she flew home on Saturday to Michigan, where she has been since.
“After a member of her family tested positive for COVID-19, the Chairwoman was tested for the virus. On Wednesday afternoon, she got confirmation she was COVID-19 positive,” the spokesman said in a statement.
McDaniel appeared Thursday on Fox News from her home but did not mention having contracted the virus.
It’s unclear when the White House was informed of McDaniel’s diagnosis, but the RNC did not publicly disclose that McDaniel had the virus until the president tested positive.
McDaniel has been among Trump’s defenders on his handling of the coronavirus. “I think history will look back on him well as to how he handled this pandemic,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 13.