Donald Trump Jr. contracts COVID-19, is asymptomatic and quarantined, spokesman says

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has become the most recent Trump family member to contract COVID-19. a spokesman said.

The younger Trump, who rarely was seen wearing a mask during his father’s campaign events or his own speaking engagements,  learned his diagnosis this week, has no symptoms and has been quarantining, the spokesman said.

The president, the first lady and their son, Barron, have recovered from the virus.

Don Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, was infected during the presidential campaign and recovered.

Last month, he sparked backlash on social media last month when he said during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that   COVID-19 deaths were “almost nothing” as the U.S. set a new fatality record with over 1,000 Americans dying in a single day.

“I kept hearing about new infections. But I was like, ‘Why aren’t they talking about this?'” he told Ingraham. “Oh, because the number is almost nothing. Because we’ve gotten control of this thing, we understand how it works. They have the therapeutics to be able to deal with this.”

When Pfizer announced encouraging findings on its potential COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 10, he suggested in a tweet that the company had withheld the  news until after the Nov. 3 election for political reasons.

“The timing of this is pretty amazing. Nothing nefarious about the timing of this at all right?” he tweeted, followed by a rolling-eyes emoji.

In March, he cast doubt on the novel coronavirus but added during a Fox News interview that Democrats “seemingly hope that it comes here, and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.”

Eric Trump also has disparaged the virus as a phantom intended to hurt his father’s campaign, saying in May, “You watch. They will milk it every single day between now and November 3rd. And guess what – after November 3rd, coronavirus will magically, all of the sudden, go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen.”