A pa. Legislature gets a positive test at the Trump meeting

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) – The Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left the West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after learning that it was showing a positive result on the coronavirus, the Associated Press told Sunday directly about the meeting.

Republican Secretary of State Doug Mastriano went to the White House last Wednesday with like-minded Republican lawmakers shortly after a four-hour plus public meeting at which Mastriano helped unmasked in Gettysburg efforts to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden. victory in the state.

Trump told Mastriano that the White House medical staff would take care of him, his son and his son’s friend, who were also there at the Oval Office meeting and produced a positive result. The meeting resumed after Mastriano and the others left, he said.

The person spoke anonymously about the discussion in private because the case was politically sensitive.

Positive cases of coronavirus are on the rise in the U.S. and the country’s leading infectious disease expert said on Sunday that “surges” could develop in the United States in the coming weeks. The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States exceeded 200,000 for the first time on Friday.

Anyone who will be in the immediate vicinity of the president should take a quick test. Trump himself was hospitalized in October after infecting the virus. Dozens of White House staff and a person close to the president also achieved positive results, including the first lady and the president’s two sons.

All participants in Wednesday’s meeting passed the COVID-19 tests, but the positive results were only published in the west wing of the White House, he said.

“The president immediately called the White House doctor and took them back, I think, to the medical place,” the person said. During the meeting with Trump, the election efforts had to be strategically articulated, he said.

After Mastriano and the others left, the conversation with Trump continued for about half an hour. Mastriano did not return to the meeting.

Mastriano was looking for a meeting at an earlier meeting of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Political Committee on Wednesday, which was attended by a crowd of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s second attorney, and several witnesses and bystanders. Only a few of them were masked.

For a few hours, the committee allowed Giuliani and others to convince them of their conviction that there were problems with the conduct and counting of the vote in Pennsylvania. All claims they were unfounded; no evidence was submitted for any of the allegations they made.

Trump was still present, calling the White House while one of his lawyers held a phone to the microphone. He repeated the same baseless allegations of fraud he had been tweeting about for weeks.

These beliefs persist despite Trump’s repeated loss of state and federal courts, including a Philadelphia-based federal appellate court ruling Friday that the Trump campaign’s “claims have no merit” and a state supreme court’s Saturday ruling that posed a legal challenge to efforts to stop the elections and the verification of results.

Mastriano, a conservative and outspoken supporter of Trump from downtown Pennsylvania, did not return any more Sunday messages and asked for a comment.

The chairman of the political committee, Republican Senator Dave Argall, declined in an SMS on Sunday to discuss Mastriano’s state of health and a visit to the White House.

“I got conflicting information that I’m trying to resolve,” Argall said in the text. “I understand that today’s Senate statement will help us all better understand this today.”

Argall said he would not speak publicly about the matter “until I know more.”

Senate Republican spokesman Kate Flessner rejected the comment, classifying it as a staff issue.

Knowing the visit to the White House, several people rode a large van from Gettysburg, where the political committee met in a hotel, to the White House. Mastriano, his son and his son’s friend were driving another vehicle.

It is unclear why Mastriano’s son and friend accompanied the state senator to the meeting, which was personally attended by Trump and the president’s cabinet chief, Mark Meadows, who achieved a positive result in early November.

Mastriano aggressively opposed the policy pursued under Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and ensure human safety.

He led rallies in which he called for the reopening of businesses despite the risk of infection, and repeatedly and sharply rejected Wolf’s orders. Mastriano also spoke to a few thousand Trump supporters who gathered at the Capitol on Nov. 7, hours after Democrat Joe Biden’s national victory became apparent.


Writer Jill Colvin of the Associated Press in Washington contributed to this report.