President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday in a tweet that his personal attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing a recent test.
.@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest major in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on !!!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2020RELATED
Giuliani was admitted late at night to Georgetown University Medical Center after experiencing some symptoms associated with the disease, sources with knowledge of the situation said.
Rudy Giuliani, by far one of the best mayors in New York City, and who has worked tirelessly to uncover one of the most corrupt elections in US history, tested positive for COVID-19. Get better soon Rudy, “Trump wrote on his official account.
Trump did not miss the opportunity to launch, once again, unfounded accusations and without proof that the elections on November 3 that President-elect Joe Biden won were marked by severe cases of electoral fraud.
Giuliani was exposed to the novel coronavirus repeatedly through contact with infected people, including Trump, whom he helped prepare for his first debate against Biden in September, as well as his son Andrew, who also tested positive for the SARS-CoV coronavirus. -2 and who accompanied him during a Republican National Committee press conference two weeks ago.
Giuliani is leading Trump’s efforts to try to reverse the election result through multiple lawsuits in different key states such as Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, among others. None of the legal recourse has been successful in court.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press, but Sunday afternoon he retweeted Trump’s ad
At the moment it was not clear what symptoms he had developed, if he had any.
The former New York mayor attended a hearing Thursday at the Georgia Capitol, where he spent several hours without wearing a mask. Several state senators also did not wear face masks during the hearing.
Giuliani was in Lansing, Michigan, Wednesday night to testify in a highly unusual four-and-a-half hour legislative hearing, in which he pressured Republican lawmakers to ignore President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state and to designate voters in Trump’s favor. He did not wear a mask, and neither did attorney Jenna Ellis, who was sitting next to him. At one point in the hearing, she asked one of her witnesses – a Detroit poll worker – if she would feel comfortable removing the mask. But lawmakers said they could hear her.
He also did not wear a mask during a Nov. 25 hearing in Pennsylvania. And Giuliani did not self-quarantine after being near an infected person at a press conference on Nov. 19 at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee. His son, Andrew Giuliani, who is a White House aide, announced a day after the event that he had tested positive for the virus.
Research on the coronavirus shows that people who contract the disease can infect others several days before they start to feel bad.
Before the hearing in Michigan, Giuliani and the president of the Republican Party in the state, Laura Cox – both without masks – held a virtual meeting with Republican activists.
Giuliani appeared hours earlier Sunday on Fox News to discuss legal appeals filed in various states on behalf of Trump.
The diagnosis was released more than a month after Trump lost his re-election and more than two months after the president contracted COVID-19 in early October. Since then, a number of government officials and several Trump associates have also fallen ill, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.
“I am experiencing mild symptoms and I am following all appropriate protocols, including self-quarantine and contact tracing,” Giuliani’s son said in a tweet on November 20 in which he revealed that he was suffering from COVID-19.
The sheer number of infections in Trump’s inner circle show the president’s dismissive approach to a virus that has claimed the lives of more than 280,000 Americans.
Among those infected are the 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.