- Reverend Perry Cleek, the pastor who attended an event at the White House with President Trump and other officials on July 13, tested positive for COVID-19 a week after the meeting.
- Rev. Cleek attended a roundtable event that focused on law enforcement in the United States after his donations to police officers in his community caught media attention across the country.
- The pastor had symptoms of COVID-19 on July 21, the website of CBS and ABC Tennessee member WJHL-TV reported for the first time.
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A northeastern Tennessee pastor who met with President Donald Trump and other government officials at the White House on July 13 experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and was tested positive for the virus a week later.
Reverend Perry Cleek of the Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesborough, Tennessee, attended the televised roundtable event attended by President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr to discuss law enforcement.
The White House invited Rev. Cleek to the event after his $ 1,000 donation to police officers in his community caught the attention of the media across the country.
The pastor started on July 21 with symptoms of COVID-19, the website of the CBS and ABC partner station in northeast Tennessee WJHL-TV reported first. Rev. Cleek said that he had been tested for the virus before attending the event and that he had done a negative test at that time, according to the WJHL-TV report.
Rev. Cleek also said he was never "close" to President Trump while attending the event. A video of the event broadcast on C-SPAN shows that in addition to A.G. Barr was sitting. Nobody is sitting at the table – including Rev. Cleek, Trump, Pence and Barr – wore a face mask according to video footage.
The pastor told WJHL-TV that he never had a fever, only cough and a feeling of weakness, and then lost his ability to taste and smell, a symptom associated with the virus.
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It is not possible to know if Rev. Cleek was infected with the virus during the event.
However, his experience comes from people in the Trump administration and near government officials who tested positive for COVID-19, even though President Trump tried to downplay the severity of the virus.
Robert O & # 39; Brien, the White House's national security advisor, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Bloomberg reported. In May, a member of the U.S. Navy reported to the White House and serving President Donald Trump as a personal valet tested positive for the virus.
The situation with Rev. Cleek also highlights the risks associated with not wearing face masks. According to health authorities, this is crucial to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. His church has canceled personal services.
"My biggest fear is that I get a call that I have passed on to some of our valuable older people, or even to someone in my own family," Cleek told WJHL-TV, adding that it was "serious" illness. "
He is quarantined in his house and, according to the WJHL TV report, hopes to be able to deliver a sermon from a distance.