Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she is “so sorry” after Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) had tested positive for COVID-19.
“But I’m also sorry my members, who are concerned because he has been showing up at meetings without a mask and making a thing of it,” she said in an interview. “Hopefully now he will look after his health, and others,'” she added.
Gohmert, meanwhile, confirmed he contracted the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus.
In a video released Wednesday, the congressman said that he went to the White House administered a “quick test,” and “it tested positive” for COVID-19. “But they give false positives sometimes,” he said, adding that he received a swab test that came back positive as well.
“I’m asymptomatic and I don’t have of the symptoms that are listed, but apparently I have the Wuhan virus,” Gohmert said, referring to Wuhan, China, where the virus first originated late last year.
Gohmert said he was wearing a mask at a House Judiciary Committee with Attorney General William Barr.
In a Twitter post, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler (D-N.Y.) wrote, “I want to wish @replouiegohmert a full & speedy recovery. When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk. I’ve regularly instructed all members to wear their masks and hope this is a lesson by all my colleagues.”
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told news outlets that Barr will be tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday.