Joint Chiefs Just Chilling At Home After Exposure To Trump's Man Flu
Senior Pentagon leadership, including Gen. Mark Milley, are in quarantine after Vice Commandant of the US Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray tested positive for COVID-19 Monday.
"On Monday, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, tested positive for COVID-19. He was tested the same day, after feeling mild symptoms over the weekend," the Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday.
"The Coast Guard is following established policies for COVID, per CDC guidelines, to include quarantine and contact tracing. According to CDC guidelines, any Coast Guard personnel that were in close contact will also quarantine. In accordance with established Coast Guard COVID policies, Admiral Ray will be quarantining from home," the statement said.
Ray had attended several meetings recently with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Unlike the president, these are all important people who serve a critical role in maintaining national security.
Milley has tested negative but is working from home out of an abundance of (reasonable) caution. Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Charles Brown, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond also are all working from home.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany knew she'd been exposed to someone who had coronavirus but she didn't quarantine until after she tested positive herself. This is irresponsible and defies the White House's own CDC guidelines. She even took off her mask this weekend to address a press gaggle.
At least the Joint Chiefs have brains in their heads. But this disease that Donald Trump again compares to the flu is still spreading like the wildfires that Trump also isn't mentally equipped to manage.
Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."