White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has spoken out for the first time since testing positive for COVID-19 and praised President Donald Trump for showing Americans that the US will overcome the coronavirus.
During an interview on , who announced her positive test results on Monday, said that she's 'feeling great' and 'having no symptoms' of the virus.
'You know I'm very blessed to have a mild case or really just an asymptomatic case. You know my heart goes out to all those who have been really affected by this and all those who have lost their lives,' McEnany said.
She then said she was 'pleased to see that our commander-in-chief is doing well'.
Trump left the Walter Reed hospital earlier on Monday and returned to the White House after spending three nights at the medical center.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has spoken out for the first time since testing positive for COVID-19 and praised President Donald Trump for showing Americans that the US will overcome the coronavirus
'Watching him on that balcony just showing that we will overcome, America will overcome, just as he is overcoming this illness was a really nice moment for our country to see,' she told Sean Hannity.
Her remarks come just a day after she briefed the press without wearing a face mask on Sunday even though one of her deputies had tested positive for the virus a few days earlier.
Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, both deputy press secretaries who report to McEnany, tested positive for COVID, according to CNN. Leavitt tested positive a few days ago and Gilmartin did within the last 24 hours, although the exact timing is unclear.
Gilmartin is a cousin of McEnany's husband, Sean Gilmart. Both Gilmartin and Leavitt joined the press shop with McEnany. Gilmartin sits outside of McEnany spacious office in the upper part of the press shop where Leavitt sits in what's called 'lower press' - the office space right behind the podium in the White House press room.
McEnany, 32, was at the White House on Friday and Sunday after Trump and senior adviser Hope Hicks, whom she'd had exposure to, tested positive for the virus.
She wore a mask on Friday, when she stood on the South Lawn of the White House watching Trump board Marine One for his trip to Walter Reed Medical Center, and wore one she walked to media interviews on Sunday. She took it off, however, when she talked to the press on the White House driveway.
But officials defended the press secretary, saying she is an 'essential' worker who was expected to be on the job and noted it can be hard to hear someone who is speaking outside with a mask on.
Her remarks come just a day after she briefed the press without wearing a face mask on Sunday even though one of her deputies had tested positive for the virus a few days earlier. McEnany is seen on Sunday briefing the press
McEnany is pictured Friday with her deputy Chad Gilmartin (to her right). Gilmartin and another deputy tested positive for COVID before McEnany
White House deputy press secretary Karoline Leavitt tested positive for COVID a few days ago
White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah noted she, McEnany and other senior staff in the administration were deemed 'essential' by the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Homeland Security.
'One thing I want to clear up: Senior White House staff are deemed Essential Personnel by CDC & DHS. This means they are expected to continue to work - while taking precautions - until a medical recommendation otherwise is given,' she wrote on Twitter.
Farah, 31, was also at the White House on Sunday, when she spoke with reporters without wearing a face mask.
Several White House correspondents noted on Twitter that McEnany briefed the media without a mask on Sunday.
White House deputy chief of staff and senior communications adviser Ben Williamson pushed back, noting McEnany only answered two questions and spoke to the media for less than a minute while staying socially distanced.
'For those asking about this: @PressSec briefly removed her mask at the mic to answer questions, was there for two questions and only 58 seconds (would not constitute ‘sustained contact’ per the CDC), and was socially distanced from reporters in the area,' he wrote on Twitter.
White House staff took to Twitter on Monday to defend McEnany
McEnany wore a face mask on Sunday to walk to her interviews outside the White House but took it off to talk to reporters
Deputy White House press