Trump’s son Don Jr positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AFP) – United States (US) President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining without symptoms, the latest in a long list of infections among those with links to the White House.

“Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining at his cabin since the result,” his spokesman said.

“He has been completely asymptomatic so far and is following medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines,” the spokesman said of the 42-year-old.

Trump Jr’s positive test follows infections for a string of others connected to the White House, including his father, who was hospitalised, the president’s wife Melania and Trump’s youngest son Barron.

Donald Jr’s girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, also tested positive in July.

Earlier on Friday, Andrew Giuliani, a White House aide and son of the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, announced he tested positive.

Trump Jr is one of the most outspoken and aggressive defenders of his father, who is still refusing to recognise his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

In the days after the vote, Trump Jr called for his father to go to “total war” against what he called electoral fraud despite no evidence to support the claim.

Like his father he also consistently downplayed the pandemic, telling Fox News as the virus surged around the country last month that deaths from COVID-19 had fallen to “almost nothing”.