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Rudy Giuliani tests positive for COVID-19, Trump says

Rudy Giuliani hospitalized with COVID-19
Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, hospitalized with COVID-19 02:04

Washington — Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney who has been traveling the country raising unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, tested positive for COVID-19, the president said Sunday.

".@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!" Mr. Trump tweeted.

On Monday, Mr. Trump told reporters Giuliani is "doing well." 

Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis has also tested positive for COVID-19, CBS News has confirmed. One senior administration official told CBS News that White House officials who attended the buffet-style White House dinner last week have been notified that Ellis tested positive. The senior administration official said there is concern among White House staff over her positive test. 

Giuliani and Ellis are merely the latest people close to the president to become infected with COVID-19. Others have included campaign aide Boris Epshteyn, Donald Trump Jr. and Andrew Giuliani, Giuliani's son. Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump contracted the coronavirus in October, while the virus spread throughout the White House for a second time just after the election, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows among those infected.

Giuliani has spent the weeks after the November 3 election appearing in front of Republican state lawmakers, claiming the 2020 presidential race was rife with fraud and that GOP election watchers were deliberately denied the chance to observe the vote-counting process, allowing millions of illegal votes to be cast. But legal challenges brought by Giuliani and the Trump campaign have largely been dismissed, with federal and state court judges finding no evidence to support their claims.

Giuliani appeared maskless before a Michigan House panel Wednesday and then traveled to Atlanta, where he participated in a Georgia state Senate hearing on election integrity Thursday.

Hours after news broke about his COVID-19 diagnosis, Giuliani tweeted that he's "feeling good" and thanked all his "friends and followers for all the prayers and kind wishes."

Rudy Giuliani Appears Before Michigan State Legislature's House Oversight Committee
Rudy Giuliani seen December 2, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan. Rey Del Rio / Getty Images
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