Australian Official Tests Positive for Coronavirus Week After Meeting With Ivanka Trump and Barr


An Australian government official who spent time with Ivanka Trump and Attorney General William Barr recently announced that he tested positive for coronavirus.

Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, announced the positive test in a statement on Friday morning.

“This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat,” he said. “I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19. I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive.”

“It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into the hospital and I have complied with their advice. I feel fine and will provide an update in due course,” Dutton added.

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During his trip to Washington, D.C., Dutton met with Ivanka Trump, Barr and Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway last Thursday. He also had a visit with the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance to discuss online child exploitation, Politico reported.

News of Dutton’s positive test is another example of the virus coming close to the White House. Along with the threat to Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump has also reportedly been exposed to people with the virus.

Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, also tested positive after being at Mar-a Lago last weekend. After initial reports that suggested Bolsonaro himself had been tested positive for the virus as of Friday morning, Fox News now says he has tested negative.

Trump has said he was “not concerned” about interacting with Wajngarten. Other world leaders are being impacted, too. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was self-imposing a 14-day quarantine after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the virus.

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Isaac Saul is a senior politics reporter, editor and founding member at A Plus, the positive news oulet founded by Ashton Kutcher. He also writes the independent, non-partisan, ad-free politics newsletter Tangle. His reporting focuses on Congress, elections, immigration and climate change. His writing has appeared in CNN, The New York Daily News, The Forward, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, Quartz, and been cited by The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News, among others. Before A Plus, he was an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post and the sports editor at The Pitt News.

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