Top White House security official hospitalized, ‘gravely ill’ with COVID-19, even as Trump downplays a disease that has killed 211,000 Americans

A top White House security employee who has been hospitalized with the novel coronavirus since September is now ‘gravely ill’, according to a report.

Sources told Bloomberg that Crede Bailey, who is in charge of the White House security office, contracted the virus before the September 26 Rose Garden event where President Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee.

The report said Bailey is in charge of credentialing visitors to the White House, and also works closely on the grounds with the Secret Service.

The White House has not publicly acknowledged or commented on Bailey’s diagnosis, but over a dozen people who attended the Rose Garden event where President Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee have contracted the coronavirus.

President Trump himself is currently battling the coronavirus while downplaying it at the same time following his VIP treatment at Walter Reed Military National Center.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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