White House adviser Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the last case of coronavirus reported in Donald Trump’s inner circle since the Republican president announced he had the virus last week.

“For the past 5 days, I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative results every day until yesterday,” Miller said in a statement.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine.”

Trump returned to the White House on Monday after three nights in a military hospital, urging Americans not to be afraid and not to let the coronavirus rule their lives.

The pandemic has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States, more than any other country.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern told CNN on Tuesday that there were no new cases of COVID in the White House next to Miller.

Trump said on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Others announcing that they had tested positive in recent days include close Trump adviser Hope Hicks; White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany; Bill Stepien, Trump campaign manager; and Republican Senators Mike Lee, Thom Tillis and Ron Johnson.

Miller’s wife Katie Miller, who is a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for the virus in May.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Trevor Hunnicutt; Written by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Jacqueline Wong

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