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Trump's personal valet tests positive for coronavirus

One of President Trump's personal valets has tested positive the coronavirus, CNN first reported Thursday.

The White House's valet team is an elite military unit that often "work[s] very close to the President and first family," CNN writes. One of them, a member of the U.S. Navy, tested positive on Wednesday, but both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have since tested negative for the disease, the White House confirmed.

"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 Thursday statement. "The president and the vice president have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health."

The valet, who hasn't been publicly identified, first started displaying COVID-19 symptoms Wednesday morning, a White House source told CNN. The news soon began "hitting the fan," the source continued, and Trump was quickly tested for the virus again. Trump, Pence, and people close to them are tested for COVID-19 every two weeks with a rapid test that produces results in about 15 minutes, two people told CNN.