Head of White House security office is gravely ill with coronavirus and has been hospitalized since last September – raising suspicion that he brought the virus to the center of government
- Head of White House security is seriously ill with COVID-19, Bloomberg report
- Crede Bailey was sick before the Sept 26 Rose Garden ‘super spreader’ event
- Bailey’s diagnosis makes him the 33rd person in Trump’s orbit to test positive
The head of the White House security office is seriously ill with COVID-19 and has been in hospital since September, according to reports.
Crede Bailey, who is in charge of issuing security credentials to the building and liaising with the Secret Service on the compound, fell ill before the September 26 Rose Garden ‘super spreader event’, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
The White House has not disclosed Bailey’s illness, which was confirmed to Bloomberg by four sources.
If confirmed, it means that at least 33 people in Donald Trump’s orbit are now known to have become infected, according to a PBS tally.
The head of the White House security office has been fighting COVID for several weeks
Trump, pictured Wednesday, tested positive on Thursday and was taken to hospital Friday
Four sources told Bloomberg that Crede Bailey was one of the first in the recent COVID cluster
Hope Hicks, counselor to the president, was the first to have her positive diagnosis confirmed, again reported by Bloomberg rather than being announced by the White House.
Since then the president and first lady; Kellyanne Conway and her daughter; Trump’s speechwriter Stephen Miller; campaign manager Bill Stepien; debate adviser Chris Christie; and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany have all tested positive.
Bailey, a career federal employee who has seldom appeared in the news, was swept up in a controversy last year over security clearances granted to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Bailey privately testified to the House Oversight Committee that he didn’t face pressure from others at the White House to grant clearances, according to a report by The Hill.
Trump left the Walter Reed hospital on Monday after three nights of treatment for COVID
Those infected include 1. President Donald Trump, 74; 2. First Lady Melania Trump, 50; 3. Fr. John Jenkins, 66. President of the University of Notre Dame; 4. Mike Lee, 49. Republican Utah Senator; 5. Thom Tillis, 60. Republican North Carolina Senator; 6. Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President; 7. Chris Christie, 58. Former New Jersey Governor; 8. Kayleigh McEnany, 32. White House Press Secretary; 9. Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary, 22; 10. Karoline Leavitt, 23. Assistant Press Secretary; 11. Pastor Greg Laurie, 67. Harvest Crusades televangelist