Trump’s ‘body man’ becomes latest White House staffer to catch COVID: Head of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna contracts coronavirus after contact with Hope Hicks hours before she was diagnosed
- President Donald Trump’s ‘body man’ Nicholas Luna is the latest White House staffer to test positive for COVID-19
- One of Luna’s job responsibilities as head of Oval Office Operations includes accompanying the president at all times
- Luna traveled to Wednesday’s Minnesota rally in close quarters with Counselor to the President, Hope Hicks, who tested positive just hours later
- Trump announced overnight Thursday that he and first lady Melania tested positive – and he was moved to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Friday
Nicholas Luna (pictured), President Donald Trump’s ‘body man,’ is the latest White House staffer to contract COVID-19
Donald Trump’s ‘body man’, whose job description includes accompanying him at all times, tested positive for coronavirus this weekend after traveling with the president several times recently.
Three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg of Nicholas Luna’s diagnosis Saturday night as pictures also show the head of Oval Office Operations traveled with Hope Hicks Wednesday – just hours before she received her positive test.
Luna is just the latest in a string of Trump’s inner circle who have tested positive for coronavirus this week.
It appears the initial event that could have caused the outbreak is the Rose Garden event last Saturday where Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court.
Overnight Thursday, Trump announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those who attended the White House event last weekend and have now tested positive are Hicks, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway; President of the University of Notre Dame John Jenkins; and Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
Those notable individuals who have also tested positive but were not at the event are Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, head of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel and Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
Another spreader event could have been Trump’s Wednesday rally in Minnesota, of which Hicks and Luna were present.
Here Luna (left) is seen walking to Marine One before Wednesday’s Minnesota rally with (from L-R) Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Senior Advisors Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller and Counselor to President Hope Hicks
Trump announced overnight Thursday that he and first lady Melania tested positive for coronavirus – and he was moved to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Friday. Here he is seen working in the hospital’s Presidential Suite while receiving treatment for COVID-19
Luna’s ‘body man’ responsibilities range from handling Trump’s papers and speech texts to being ready with everything the president may need from briefing books to pens for autographs.
His diagnosis emerged the day after Trump entered the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment following his own infection.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Saturday that the president went through a ‘very concerning’ period on Friday and said his next two days will be ‘critical.’
‘We’re still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery,’ Meadows told reporters outside Walter Reed on Saturday.
The president’s chief doctor expressed cautious optimism but added that the president was ‘not yet out of the woods’ in an update Saturday night.
Trump also gave his own assessment of his health status in a video from his hospital suite, claiming he was feeling better and would ‘be back soon.’
He remained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday.
TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID
President Donald Trump
First Lady Melania Trump
Counselor to the President Hope Hicks
Former White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway
Trump’s Campaign Manager Bill Stepien
Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Chief of Oval Office Operations and ‘body man’ Nicholas Luna
Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee
Republican North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis
Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson
President of the University of Notre Dame John Jenkins
Unnamed White House Press staffer