Tuesday, 10 November 2020

David Bossie - the aide overseeing President's post-election political and legal battle - tests positive for covid, along with Ben Carson who is treated in Walter Reed

 Housing Department Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced Monday – making him the latest official who attended a White House election night party to get COVID-19.

He tested positive for the virus Monday, his deputy chief of staff Coalter Baker told ABC News.

The word comes days after it was revealed White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also contracted the virus. 

Shortly afterwards, Bloomberg News reported that David Bossie, the Trump aide in charge of his fight to overturn Joe Biden's apparent election victory, tested positive for it on Sunday too. 

Bossie was supposed to be the 'James Baker' figure leading the charge for Trump to win his series of legal challenges - most of them apparently still unfiled - against election results in states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Under CDC guidelines however he will have to quarantine for two weeks. He is known to have traveled to Arizona on Thursday so all his contacts leading the legal fight to overturn Biden's majority there will have to be traced, tested and may have to quarantine. 

Five other White House and and a Trump campaign staffer have tested positive for the virus. 

According to the statement: 'Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery.'

It was not immediately clear why Carson's test was performed at Walter Reed, the military hospital where Trump received treatment and where many top government officials receive care.

,Us Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (C), with his wife Candy Carson (R), applauds as US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a "Make America Great Again" rally at Oakland County International Airport, on October 30, 2020, in Waterford Township, Michigan. He also attended a White House election night party. He tested positive for the coronavirus Monday

,Us Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (C), with his wife Candy Carson (R), applauds as US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a "Make America Great Again" rally at Oakland County International Airport, on October 30, 2020, in Waterford Township, Michigan. He also attended a White House election night party. He tested positive for the coronavirus Monday

Testing times: David Bossie (left) the 'James Baker' figure in the Trump fight against losing the election went to Arizona Thursday. He is now positive for COVID. Reps Debbie Lasko (center) and Paul Gosar (right) were with him at a press conference announcing a lawsuit which so far has gone nowhere

Testing times: David Bossie (left) the 'James Baker' figure in the Trump fight against losing the election went to Arizona Thursday. He is now positive for COVID. Reps Debbie Lasko (center) and Paul Gosar (right) were with him at a press conference announcing a lawsuit which so far has gone nowhere

Carson is the latest person to attend Trump's election night party to test positive for the virus

Carson is the latest person to attend Trump's election night party to test positive for the virus

Most participants were unmasked at the event

Most participants were unmasked at the event

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested positive

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested positive

Mark Meadows and White House staff join Trump at campaign HQ
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Trump took experimental medicines including Regeneron, which he claims 'cured' him, following his own positive test and stay at the hospital.

Carson was at the Election Night Party, which Meadows also attended.

Weeks before the election, Trump and first lady Melania contracted the virus, which complicated Trump's closing message that the nation was 'rounding the corner.'

The U.S. has been suffering record new infections of about 1,000 per day the last several days.

The White House has refused to disclose how many people who attended the party have gotten the coronavirus, and the revelations have come from media reports.

It was a similar story for the White House party announcing Trump's nomination of now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, which became a superspreader event. The ceremony also included indoor parties where officials were unmasked.


The news broke on a day Joe Biden was announcing his new coronavirus advisory panel of 'distinguished public health experts,' and Pfizer announced new progress in its vaccine. The company was not part of the administration's Operation Warp Speed, which funneled billions to companies in advance of a viable vaccine discovery in order to speed production. 


'Maybe it saves the life of a member of a place of worship .. Maybe it saves your life. So please, I implore you, wear a mask. A mask is not a political statement,' he said. 

Another key member of Trump's circle, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, although he has 'no clue' when he was infected. 

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