Rudy Giuliani has needed to handle grim news on behalf of President Donald Trump often, but Trump took his turn Sunday when he announced that his personal lawyer was the latest White House-affiliated person to contract coronavirus.
Giuliani, 76, was hospitalized for COVID-19 as a high-risk case after traveling across the nation to lead Trump’s legal contention of his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden last month. The Arizona state legislature closed for two weeks after Giuliani was in Phoenix for a Monday press conference at a hotel and a Tuesday visit to the Arizona State Capitol building.
“@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 that health officials consider xenophobic and/or racist.
Giuliani tweeted later Sunday that he is “recovering quickly.”
Jenna Ellia, a senior legal advisor to Trump, tweeted that the legal team would continue “to fight for election integrity.”
Giuliani appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” hours before Trump’s announcement after appearing unmasked at a seven-hour election security hearing in Atlanta on Thursday. Concerns have arisen about his activity prior to the diagnosis when he had been seen hugging friends and attending indoor meetings unmasked. Two weeks ago, his son Andrew, who a special assistant to Trump, also tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to NBC News, Giuliani is the 53rd White House-affiliated person to test positive for coronavirus since Trump and the First Lady tested positive on Oct. 2.
It was almost nine months ago that Giuliani quoted Trump supporter Charlie Kirk’s assertion that hydroxychloroquine has a “100% effective rate” against COVID.