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Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, who all through the pandemic has repeatedly refused to placed on a masks in public, examined constructive for the coronavirus.
His constructive examine was caught all through a routine screening on the White Home, Gohmert said. He was slated to attend a go to to West Texas with President Trump.
“Earlier than you go wherever with the president or have a gathering with the president we're all the time examined, they usually have an actual fast take a look at and the fast take a look at was optimistic,” Gohmert said in an interview with north Texas TV affiliate, KETK.
Gohmert confirmed the knowledge from his Capitol Hill office, elevating extra concerns that he returned there contaminated whereas every chambers of Congress are in session. Gohmert said he would later quarantine from residence for 10 days, per suggestion from the office of Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician to Congress.
The knowledge despatched shock waves by the use of the Capitol on Wednesday.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched Wednesday evening that each one members of Congress and staff might be required to placed on masks throughout the Home chamber in addition to when acknowledged to speak.
“I can assure Gohmert has heard from the medical group, he is talked to Dr. Monahan or others, who stated instantly quarantine your self,” Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a reputation with reporters. “He didn't try this; he put others in danger.”
Politico first reported the development earlier Wednesday. A number of aides for the Home Judiciary Committee confirmed the report, saying that they had been educated and coping with the attending physician on the next steps.
Gohmert had participated in Tuesday's high-profile Home Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr, and was seen without a mask near Barr and others. A Justice Division spokeswoman said Barr might be examined for the illness on Wednesday.
“Too many Republicans have continued to behave terribly irresponsibly, together with Louie Gohmert. Louie Gohmert must quarantine himself proper now,” Hoyer said.
In March, Gohmert revealed he was one amongst a lot of Republicans most likely uncovered to the virus on the Conservative Political Motion Convention. Whereas a lot of his colleagues quarantined, he refused.
Gohmert would mark the 11th member of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. Greater than 60 Capitol Hill staff have moreover been uncovered.
NPR's Carrie Johnson contributed to this report.