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Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, who throughout the pandemic has repeatedly refused to put on a masks in public, examined constructive for the coronavirus.
His constructive check was caught throughout a routine screening on the White House, Gohmert stated. He was slated to attend a visit to West Texas with President Trump.
“Before you go anywhere with the president or have a meeting with the president we are always tested, and they have a real quick test and the quick test was positive,” Gohmert stated in an interview with north Texas TV affiliate, KETK.
Gohmert confirmed the information from his Capitol Hill workplace, elevating additional considerations that he returned there contaminated whereas each chambers of Congress are in session. Gohmert stated he would later quarantine from residence for 10 days, per recommendation from the workplace of Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending doctor to Congress.
The information despatched shock waves by way of the Capitol on Wednesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced Wednesday night that every one members of Congress and employees can be required to put on masks within the House chamber besides when acknowledged to talk.
“I can guarantee Gohmert has heard from the medical community, he’s talked to Dr. Monahan or others, who said immediately quarantine yourself,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stated in a name with reporters. “He did not do that; he put others at risk.”
Politico first reported the development earlier Wednesday. Several aides for the House Judiciary Committee confirmed the report, saying they had been knowledgeable and dealing with the attending doctor on the following steps.
Gohmert had participated in Tuesday’s high-profile House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr, and was seen without a mask near Barr and others. A Justice Department spokeswoman stated Barr can be examined for the sickness on Wednesday.
“Too many Republicans have continued to act extraordinarily irresponsibly, including Louie Gohmert. Louie Gohmert ought to quarantine himself right now,” Hoyer stated.
In March, Gohmert revealed he was one among a number of Republicans probably uncovered to the virus on the Conservative Political Action Conference. While lots of his colleagues quarantined, he refused.
Gohmert would mark the 11th member of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. More than 60 Capitol Hill employees have additionally been uncovered.
NPR’s Carrie Johnson contributed to this report.