Her diagnosis brings the total to nine of those close to the president to contract the virus.
McEnany said in a statement that her “close contacts” did not include members of the press. She spoke with reporters outside the White House on Sunday while not wearing a mask. She said she is experiencing no symptoms.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany wrote. “No reporters producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit.”
McEnany added that she “definitively had no knowledge” that fellow top White House official, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the virus before McEnany held a press briefing on Thursday.
Others, like first lady Melania Trump, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped prepare Trump for last week’s presidential debate, and several Republican senators are among those that have announced positive tests for the virus in the days after Hicks’ diagnosis was first made public.