US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19, Trump said on Sunday. The 76-year-old Giuliani is the latest in a long list of people close to the White House, including Trump himself, having infected with the virus that has killed more than 2,80,000 Americans.
“@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor 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,” Trump tweeted, using a term for Covid-19 that has drawn backlash.
.@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor 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, 2020
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to a Reuters report, two sources told that Giuliani was at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, on Sunday. One of the sources said he had not been admitted yet. The hospital did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.
Giuliani has been spearheading Trump’s floundering effort to overturn his November 3 election loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden through a flurry of lawsuits. Both Trump and Giuliani have repeatedly made unsubstantiated claimed that the outcome of the presidential election was marred by widespread fraud.
State and federal officials have repeatedly said there is no evidence of fraud on any significant scale.
Giuliani visited Georgia on Thursday, where he urged state lawmakers to intervene to overturn Biden’s victory in the state, after making similar pleas in Michigan on Wednesday and Arizona on Monday.
Last month, Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew, had tested positive for coronavirus.
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19,” the younger Giuliani, who joined the Trump White House’s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs in 2017, had said on Twitter.
(With Reuters inputs)