White House security official reported to be gravely ill with COVID-19


A White House security official is reportedly “gravely ill” after contracting COVID-19 in September, Bloomberg reports.

The publication identified the official as Crede Bailey, who heads the White House’s security office. He has reportedly been receiving hospital care since September.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

According to Bloomberg, which cited four sources familiar with official’s condition, Bailey grew sick before the Rose Garden event held on Sept. 26, in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Since that event, more than 10 attendees — including the president, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House security official reported to be gravely ill with COVID-19 Biden campaign to restart negative ads after Trump discharged from hospital Trump works from Oval Office six days after COVID-19 diagnosis MORE and adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House security official reported to be gravely ill with COVID-19 Internal memo links 34 coronavirus cases to White House: report Poll: Biden neck and neck with Trump in Florida, Arizona MORE — have tested positive for the disease. However, the White House is not contact tracing attendees of the event, according to a report from The New York Times, which cited an unnamed White House official for its coverage earlier this week.

The Trump administration has been coming under increased scrutiny in recent days for its protocols to counter the spread of the coronavirus as the number cases of White House staff contracting the illness continue to climb.

White House senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerWhite House security official reported to be gravely ill with COVID-19 Internal memo links 34 coronavirus cases to White House: report Trump’s illness doesn’t absolve him of responsibility MORE became one of the president’s latest aides to test positive for COVID-19 this week. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has also contracted the illness, in addition to several others in the White House press department. 

White House adviser Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House security official reported to be gravely ill with COVID-19 Internal memo links 34 coronavirus cases to White House: report Poll: Biden neck and neck with Trump in Florida, Arizona MORE was also confirmed to have positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, shortly before it was discovered the president and the first lady had also been diagnosed with the disease.





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