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Republican Lawmaker Tests Positive for COVID Ahead of Trip with Trump

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-TX (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-TX (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of his planned trip with President Donald Trump.

The Republican was slated to travel with the president on Air Force One for a campaign fundraising event at an oil rig in Midland, according to Fox News.

In a video posted to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Gohmert disclosed he has tested positive for COVID-19 but said he has, so far, been “asymptomatic.”

On Tuesday, Gohmert attended an hours-long hearing on Capitol Hill, where Attorney General William Barr testified. Kerri Kupec, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, said Barr will be tested Wednesday for COVID-19 because of his proximity to the Texas lawmaker.

Gohmert, who has done much — but not all — of his business in Washington, D.C., without a mask, was very close to Barr at one point.

As for why he hasn’t been wearing a facial covering, Gohmert told CNN in June he was being tested regularly for COVID-19. Trump, for his part, has used the same reasoning to defend his decision to not wear a mask, though he has been seen wearing one during recent appearances.

The president encouraged Americans to wear masks earlier this month, calling the practice “patriotic.”

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