Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. He was admitted into Georgetown University Hospital on Sunday. The 76-year-old former New York mayor has become the face of President Donald Trump’s legal challenges over the election results.
His diagnosis was further confirmed by Trump through a tweet, claiming that Giuliani is in “great care and feeling good.”
Giuliani has frequently appeared across the country without a mask to advance Trump’s claims of election fraud, possibly spreading the virus among many public officials he interacted with. At many of these events, Giuliani shook hands, gave hugs, and took pictures with many people, all while not wearing a mask.
As of yet, there aren’t any additional details of his condition, and it’s unclear when Giuliani contracted the virus. At the beginning of the week, Giuliani was in Arizona meeting with members of the state legislature to discuss allegations of a fraudulent election. Since Giuliani’s diagnosis on Sunday night, Arizona state legislature—a location of Giuliani’s appearance’s last week—has been closed for the upcoming week due to coronavirus concerns.
This diagnosis undercuts the repeated claim given by President Trump that the United States are “rounding the corner” of coronavirus cases. The nation is seeing a massive number of hospitalizations because of COVID-19.
Due to his age, Giuliani is considered at high risk for health complications caused by the virus. Despite this, he has repeatedly disregarded public health regulations and guidelines, rarely wearing a mask as recommended in his many appearances throughout the nation. At the events of his appearances, many others present were not wearing masks either.
The Trump campaign stated on Sunday night that Rudy Giuliani tested negative for COVID-19 twice before his trip to Michigan, Georgia, and Arizona last week. They added that Giuliani didn’t experience any symptoms of COVID-19 for more than 48 hours after his return to Washington, D.C.