President's National Security Adviser Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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President's National Security Adviser Tests Positive For Coronavirus
​The White House confirmed National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien had tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently experiencing "mild symptoms."
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President Donald Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking Trump administration official known to have tested positive so far.

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News that O'Brien caught the virus while taking a few days off of work to spend time with his family.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Monday morning that O'Brien may have contracted COVID-19 from one of his daughters.

"I believe his daughter had caught it beforehand, so, I don't want to say much," Kudlow said. "Robert O'Brien is a dear friend of mine, a wonderful colleague to work with. I'm sure he'll get through this with Godspeed."

The White House confirmed O'Brien's diagnosis in a statement, saying he's currently experiencing "mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site." It also said that "there is no risk of exposure" to President Trump or Vice President Pence, and that "the work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted."

When asked about his national security adviser, President Trump said he'd heard of O'Brien's positive test, but "[hadn't] seen him lately."

Contains footage from CNN.