President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday {that a} White House staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

But the unnamed one who contracted the illness didn’t “affect” the big, in-person gathering with various world leaders that befell on the White House south garden a day earlier, Trump’s spokeswoman assured.

Questions had arisen earlier within the day about one other Covid-19 an infection on the White House, when a journalist there reported listening to about “a couple of positives today.”

At a briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined to touch upon whether or not any staff members had tested positive, saying, “I don’t share people’s personal medical information.”

But Trump, talking at a information convention within the White House briefing room Tuesday night, was extra keen to debate what he had been instructed.

“I heard about it this morning at a very small level,” Trump started. But moments later, he mentioned, “Last night I heard about it for the first time, and it’s a small number of cases.”

He then requested McEnany, who was sitting subsequent to the rostrum, what she may share.

“We’re not going to confirm the identities,” she mentioned, “But it did not affect the event and press was not around” the contaminated individual.

“And it’s not anybody that was near me,” Trump added.

McEnany instructed Trump that only one individual had tested positive for the virus. “It was one person,” Trump repeated, including, “not a person that I was associated with.” 

On Tuesday, the White House hosted a ceremony on its south garden for the signing of accords formalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and two Gulf Arab states. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, together with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, attended the occasion in individual.

CNN and other outlets noted that the celebratory gathering appeared to ignore most social distancing measures that public well being consultants, together with many inside the Trump administration, advocate.

Others who work within the White House have beforehand tested positive. In May, it was revealed that a personal valet for Trump, who amongst different duties serves the president his meals, had contracted the virus.

That identical month, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller also tested positive.