WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said on Monday that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was “doing very well” after being hospitalized with the coronavirus as lawmakers on the battlefield said Giuliani had surrendered last week for s ‘make sure they do not contract the virus.
The 76-year-old former New York mayor, hospitalized in Washington, had traveled extensively to battlefield states in support of Trump’s pipe-dreaming effort to get lawmakers to reverse his election defeat to Joe Biden and overthrow the November vote. On numerous occasions, Giuliani has met with officials for hours without wearing a mask, including hearings last week with lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan.
The fallout from Giuliani’s diagnosis continued on Monday as Michigan House announced it had canceled its scheduled voting session on Tuesday. Giuliani spoke for hours last week before a Republican-led committee in Lansing investigating alleged election irregularities.
Michigan’s decision came after the Arizona legislature on Sunday announced it would shut down for a week out of caution “for recent cases and concerns related to COVID-19.”
“Many representatives have requested time to receive the results of recent COVID-19 tests before returning to session, out of caution,” said Michigan House President Lee Chatfield, a Republican who met with Giuliani ahead of the hearing, in a press release. “The CDC guidelines wouldn’t view them as close contact with anyone, even if Mayor Giuliani had been positive, but they want to go beyond in the interest of public safety. With the recent spike in COVID cases across the country, this makes sense. ”
The Ingham County Health Department, where Lansing is located, said several people who attended the Michigan committee meeting with Giuliani on Wednesday are to quarantine at least until Saturday. Health official Linda Vail said she consulted with the state health department, which agrees that “it is extremely likely that Giuliani was contagious when testifying.
In Georgia, Senator William Ligon Jr., chairman of the Giuliani subcommittee, previously testified, urged those who had come in close contact with Giuliani “to take all precautions and follow all guidelines necessary to ensure their health and security”. Giuliani attended a hearing at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, where he remained without a mask for several hours. Several state senators, all Republicans, also did not wear masks during the hearing. The Georgian legislature is not currently in session.
Trump, who announced Giuliani’s positive test in a tweet on Sunday afternoon, told reporters he spoke with Giuliani on Monday. Giuliani was showing symptoms when he was admitted Sunday at Georgetown University Medical Center, according to a person close to the case who was not allowed to comment publicly.
“Rudy is doing great,” Trump said on Monday. “I just spoke to him. No temperature. ”
At Wednesday’s 4.30 hour hearing in Lansing, Giuliani was not wearing a mask; nor lawyer Jenna Ellis, who was sitting next to him. He asked one of his witnesses, a Detroit election worker, if she would be willing to remove her mask, but lawmakers said they could hear him.
Giuliani traveled to Phoenix last Monday, where he met with Republican lawmakers for an hour-long hearing in which he was maskless. The Arizona Republican Party tweeted a photo of Giuliani and several state GOP lawmakers standing side by side and without a mask.
The Trump campaign said in a statement that Giuliani tested negative twice before his visits to Arizona, Michigan and Georgia. Unidentified members of the Trump team who have had close contact with Giuliani are isolated.
“The mayor has not experienced any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return,” the statement said. “No lawmakers in any state or member of the press are on the contact tracing list, according to current CDC guidelines.”
Georgia State Senator Jen Jordan, a Democrat who attended Thursday’s hearing, expressed outrage after learning of Giuliani’s diagnosis.
“I had no idea that the most credible death threat I encountered last week was Trump’s lawyer,” Jordan tweeted. “Giuliani – without a mask, in a crowded courtroom for 7 hours. To say that I am livid would be too nice.
The diagnosis comes more than a month after Trump lost his re-election and more than two months after Trump himself was infected with the virus in early October. Since then, a wave of administration officials and others in Trump’s orbit have also been disgusted, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Ben Carson, the Housing and Housing Secretary. Urban development. The president’s wife Melania Trump and teenage son Barron Trump have also contracted the virus.
The extraordinary spread in Trump’s orbit underscores the cavalier approach the Republican president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 282,000 people in the United States alone.
Those infected also include White House press secretary and advisers Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller, as well as Trump’s campaign manager and the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Associated Press editors Jonathan Lemire in Wilmington, Del., Zeke Miller in Washington, and Ben Nadler in Atlanta contributed reporting.