Donald Trump’s speechwriter Stephen Miller has tested positive for coronavirus, the White House has confirmed.
Miller has been working remotely for five days, since being seen in close quarters with top aide Hope Hicks, who it was revealed had tested positive on Thursday.
He’s thought to be the 14th member of the administration to test positive for the disease, following Hicks’ positive test.
Yesterday Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive, and since then four members of her press office team have also been diagnosed with Covid-19.
Miller, a key adviser and driving force in Trump’s team, is an immigration hardliner and has been described as being on the “hard right”.
He’s also understood to have played a key role in Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James Comey in May 2017.
Perhaps most famously, Miller is credited with having written many of Trump’s speeches – including his inaugural address, which included the phrases “America First” and “American Carnage”, which became touchstones of his early Presidency.
Miller’s wife, Katie Miller, who is a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for the virus in May.
A Facebook post, which was removed under the social network’s anti-misinformation rules, claimed: “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from Flu.
“Are we going to close down our country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
Twitter added a note to the same post on their platform noting that it was misinformation.
Among reported COVID-19 cases in the US, nearly 6% have died – some 210,000 people this year.
In comparison, the death rate of seasonal Flu is around 0.1%. Covid-19 has killed more Americans than the last five years’ worth of Flu.