Barr, Conway, Ivanka Trump Interacted With Australian Official Who Has Coronavirus

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton speaks during a press conference on November 22, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton who had recently met with top Trump administration officials announced on Friday that he had admitted himself to the hospital for COVID-19 that day.

Dutton said in a statement that he tested positive for the coronavirus after he “woke up with a temperature and sore throat” on Friday morning.

“It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and I have complied with their advice,” the official continued.

Attorney General Bill Barr, White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway, and President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump had all met with Dutton last Friday on March 6 during the Australian minister’s visit to Washington, D.C.

White House spokesperson Judd Deere told TPM in an emailed statement that the White House “is aware” of the situation.

“Exposures from the case were assessed and the White House Medical Unit confirmed, in accordance with CDC guidance, that Ivanka is exhibiting no symptoms and does not need to self-quarantine,” he said. “She worked from home today out of an abundance of caution until guidance was given.”

It is unclear what course of action, if any, Conway took in light of the news.

The Justice Department did not respond to request for comment.

The President himself has made contact with multiple people who later quarantined themselves shortly afterward for exposure to individuals with the coronavirus. He also stood close to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s aide who now has COVID-19.

Yet the White House stated on Thursday that Trump does “not require being tested at this time.”

This story has been updated to included Deere’s comment.

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