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Giuliani admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms

Rudolph W. Giuliani speaks at a lectern while a woman stands behind him.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, former New York mayor and a lawyer for President Trump, speaks last month at a news conference at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington.
(Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

President Trump says his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Giuliani was exhibiting some COVID-19 symptoms and was admitted Sunday to Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The 76-year-old former New York mayor has traveled extensively to battleground states in an effort to help Trump subvert his election loss. On numerous occasions he has met with officials for hours at a time without wearing a mask.

The president confirmed in a Sunday afternoon tweet that Giuliani had tested positive. Trump wished Giuliani a speedy recovery.

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“Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!” Trump wrote in his tweet.

Giuliani made an appearance earlier Sunday on Fox News to speak about his legal challenges in several states on behalf of Trump.

President Trump’s list of grievances at a rally for Georgia’s Republican senators came shortly after the GOP governor rebuffed him for pushing for a special session to give Trump the state’s electoral votes.

On Sunday evening, Giuliani retweeted Trump’s announcement of his diagnosis. He also tweeted thanks to a conservative writer who had said he was praying for Giuliani.

Giuliani attended a hearing at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, where he went without a mask for several hours. Several state senators, all Republicans, also did not wear masks at the hearing.

On Wednesday night, Giuliani was in Lansing, Mich., to testify in a highly unusual, four-and-a-half-hour legislative hearing in which he pushed Republican lawmakers to ignore the certification of Joe Biden’s Michigan victory and appoint electors for Trump. He did not wear a mask. Nor did lawyer Jenna Ellis, who was sitting next to him.

At one point, Giuliani asked one of his witnesses — a Detroit election worker — if she would be comfortable removing her mask. But legislators said they could hear her.

Rudy Giuliani offered baseless claims of fraud at a federal court hearing in Pennsylvania as President Trump’s bid to reverse the election result sputtered.

Giuliani traveled Nov. 30 to Phoenix, where he met with Republican legislators for an hours-long hearing in which he was maskless. The Arizona Republican Party tweeted a photo of Giuliani and several state GOP lawmakers standing shoulder to shoulder, without wearing masks.

The Arizona legislature announced Sunday, after Giuliani’s diagnosis became public, that it would close for a week out of an abundance of caution “for recent cases and concerns relating to COVID-19.”

The Trump campaign said in a statement that Giuliani tested negative twice before his visits to Arizona, Michigan and Georgia. Unidentified Trump team members who had close contact with Giuliani are in self-isolation.

“The Mayor did not experience any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return,” according to the statement. “No legislators in any state or members of the press are on the contact tracing list, under current CDC Guidelines.”

Giuliani also appeared maskless at a Nov. 25 hearing in Pennsylvania. And he did not quarantine after being near an infected person at a Nov. 19 news conference at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters. His son Andrew Giuliani, who is a White House aide, announced a day after the event that he had tested positive for the virus.

There are rules against meritless lawsuits and lies and the courts should apply them to Trump’s post-election litigation.

The diagnosis comes more than a month after Trump lost reelection and more than two months after Trump himself was stricken with the virus in early October. Since then, several administration officials and others in Trump’s orbit have also been sickened, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The extraordinary spread in Trump’s orbit underscores the cavalier approach the president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 280,000 people in the U.S. alone.

Those infected now also include the vice president‘s chief of staff, the White House press secretary, advisors Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller, as well as Trump’s campaign manager and the chair of the Republican National Committee.

Trump spent the waning days of his campaign trying to persuade the American public that the virus was receding, and repeatedly claimed it would miraculously “disappear” after Nov. 3. Instead, the country is experiencing a record-breaking spike in infections.

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday offered tacit criticism of Trump’s attitude on the virus during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Asked about Trump and other administration members flouting public health experts’ warnings to avoid large gatherings and calls to wear masks, Birx replied that some leaders are “parroting” myths and called the pandemic “the worst event that this country will face.”

“And I think our job is to constantly say those are myths, they are wrong and you can see the evidence base,” Birx added.


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