Republican US deputy Louie Gohmert, who claimed not to wear a mask against the new coronavirus for testing regularly, was diagnosed with Covid-19. According to the international press, the result came out this Wednesday (29/7), during a screening at the White House.
Gohmert was elected by the Texas district. The deputy was in Washington DC and was due to return to his home state with President Donald Trump to participate in campaign fundraising in Odessa.
With the announcement of the disease, Democratic House leader Steny Hoyer said there was a possibility that all members of the White House could be tested. “Louie Gohmert should be quarantined now,” he commented to the American press.
The day before testing positive, Gohmert was filmed alongside United States Secretary of Justice William Barr during a session at the House of Representatives Justice Committee. According to the Reuters news agency, Barr was concerned and would take the test as soon as possible.
At the same session, the committee’s chairman, Democrat Jerry Nadler, caught the eye of Republicans who did not wear a mask, but Gohmert was not directly quoted by him.
Last month, the deputy said, in an interview with the American broadcaster CNN, that he would use the protection if one of the tests was positive. “If I get this [the disease], you will never see me without a mask,” he said.