(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered to conduct contact tracing for the White House, but the White House has declined.
The offer from the CDC came almost immediately after President Donald Trump announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus, a federal health official said. Officials within the agency, including Director Dr. Robert Redfield, expressed concern to the administration, but the White House ultimately rejected the offer.
The CDC again extended the offer on Monday but were again told no thank you.
How the White House is attempting to track people who may have been in contact with Trump or other people who have been infected near him is a mystery to everyone involved. Whether the White House is doing any tracking at all is even a question.
Some people who attended the Rose Garden ceremony where Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee said they haven’t been contacted by anyone regarding contact tracing. Others who say that have been contacted also report they weren’t asked questions typical of contact tracing.
For their part, the CDC said they would not comment specifically on the situation, referring CNN and other media sources to the White House.
Judd Deere, a spokesman for the Trump administration, said the White House is taking all positive coronavirus cases seriously. In a statement, he said:
“The White House has plans and procedures in place that incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure and has established a robust contact tracing program led by the White House Medical Unit with CDC integration.”
An epidemiologist who has been on detail at the White House since March is assisting in this particular case, the White House said.
The city government of Washington, D.C., has also not received a response from the White House, despite officials reaching out multiple times for information. There has been no “substantial contact” between the White House and the city government, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser.
This is despite “multiple attempts” the city has made since Friday to get in touch with the White House, according to Susana Catillo, a spokeswoman for the mayor.
Over the weekend, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, said the White House wouldn’t be providing information about how many staffers or what staffers tested positive for coronavirus. She cited privacy concerns for staffers. On Monday, McEnany announced that she herself had been infected with coronavirus, as had two of her aides.
Despite no presence of contact tracing at the White House itself, the administration has said that “full contact tracing, consistent with CDC guidelines” has been conducted in New Jersey following the president’s fundraiser there last Thursday. Similar contact tracing efforts were being conducted at other events Trump attempted in the last week, the White House said.
Some officials close to Trump have been doing safety precautions and contact tracing on their own. Rudy Giuliana, who is the president’s lawyer, said he quarantined himself, got a coronavirus test on his own that came back negative, and even contacted people he had come in contact with recently.