A sailor assigned to the White House, in contact with Trump is COVID-positive

President Donald Trump departs Marine One
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The Navy can't seem to catch a break in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. A White House valet who is in regular contact with President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 -- and of course, it's a sailor. 

"We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for coronavirus," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

The Navy continues to outpace every other branch of the Armed Forces with positive COVID-19 cases. It currently has almost double the number of positive cases as the branch with the second-highest case count. 

The majority of these positive cases came from the outbreak onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- so the COVID-positive sailor in the White House really has nothing to do with the Navy's overall disproportionately difficult fight against the pandemic. 

But between the outbreak onboard the USS TR to the highly publicized dismissal of her commander and subsequent resignation of former Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, the Navy has had just about as much bad coronavirus publicity as they can handle.

So naturally, of all branches to have a service member possibly infect the president of the United States, it was the Navy. 

The sailor in question works as a "valet" for the president's family -- charged with handling Trump's daily food and beverage consumption operations. Which is certainly exactly what the sailor hoped and dreamed for upon joining the United States military. 

While this may sound trivial, all White House valets are members "of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House," according to CNN.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both since been tested for the virus and the results came back negative. 


Reach Elizabeth Howe on Twitter @ECBHowe.
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