Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s controversial attorney, has tested positive for Covid-19, the president announced on his Twitter account on Sunday.
In his tweet, Trump called Guiliani “the greatest mayor in the history of NYC” and referred to Covid as the “China Virus.”
Giuliani has not commented on his diagnosis, but he has been repeatedly criticized in the media for not taking precautions when he is seen in public.
CNN reported that Giuliani has exposed hundreds of people to the virus in the time that he was contagious.
Responding to President Donald Trump’s tweet that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus, Dr. Megan Ranney says that Giuliani could have potentially exposed “hundreds and hundreds” of people to the virus during a recent trip to Atlanta.
I am shocked it took Rudy Giuliani this long to get COVID. pic.twitter.com/EQAjkC6C6u
— T W (@tpwilliamsiv) December 6, 2020
Last month, Giuliani’s son, Andrew, who is a White House staffer, tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a Trump campaign legal team news conference with his father in Washington, DC.
Guiliani has been at the forefront of Trump’s legal battle to challenge the election results, and according to some reports he has been making up to $20,000 per day for his work on the case.
In November, Trump placed Giuliani in charge of lawsuits related to alleged voter irregularities. Giuliani had to apply for special permission to represent the Trump presidential campaign in the federal court of Pennsylvania, where he is not permitted to practice law. Furthermore, he hadn’t argued a case in a courtroom for over three decades.
In his application, he misrepresented his status as being a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar. The D.C. Bar’s registry shows that his admission has been suspended for nonpayment of fees.
“Giuliani has not just exposed himself and caught covid, but he has potentially exposed hundreds and hundreds of Trump supporters to the virus. …his irresponsible actions have potentially put others at risk as well.” Dr. @meganranney pic.twitter.com/SehMCmxTWM
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) December 6, 2020
On January 12, 2017, Trump named Giuliani his informal cybersecurity adviser. The status of this informal role for Giuliani is unclear because, in November 2018, Trump created the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), headed by Christopher Krebs as director and Matthew Travis as deputy.
In the weeks following his appointment, Giuliani was forced to consult an Apple Store Genius Bar when he “was locked out of his iPhone because he had forgotten the passcode and entered the wrong one at least 10 times.”
Giuliani has been a subject of controversy for several months, even before the election.
Giuliani is among the high profile figures who were pranked for Sasha Baron Cohen’s new Borat sequel, and his encounter is one of the most embarrassing. Cohen and Maria Bakalova, the actress who portrays Borat’s daughter in the film, brought Giuliani into their prank by posing as conservative TV journalists.
They conducted an interview with Giuliani where they were extremely agreeable and after the interview, Bakalova went back to a nearby hotel room with him for a drink. The room was rigged with hidden cameras, which recorded Giuliani untucking his shirt and reaching into his pants.
Once he began to reach into his pants, Borat runs into the room and shouts, “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”
Just after the incident, Giuliani called New York City police to report the incident, claiming that he was the victim of a scam or a setup.