Top Pentagon official tests positive for COVID-19



The meetings were also attended by Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller and the secretaries of the Army, Air Force and Navy, the Pentagon said.

Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said that the Pentagon was informed Thursday that Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis, who visited Washington on November 13, was infected with the coronavirus.

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Anthony Tata's diagnosis comes after the Lithuanian Embassy announced Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis, with whom Tata and other senior defense officials met November 13 and 16 at the Pentagon, had tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Any Pentagon personnel who had contact with the Lithuanian delegation have received rapid COVID tests as deemed necessary by CDC protocols.

Miller spent Wednesday visiting troops in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and touring the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, with his new chief of staff, Kash Patel. Lewandowski said he believed he contracted the virus in Philadelphia while assisting the president's election challenge there. The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps later also tested positive, and all the chiefs were forced to quarantine at home for at least 10 days. It was not immediately clear what the test results were for the others.

Hoffman said Miller and the service secretaries aren't going to quarantine "based on testing and mitigation measures that were in place during the Lithuanian delegation's visit and CDC guidelines".

Mr. Tata has been performing the duties of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy since Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and several other top officials in the Department of Defense were ousted last week.

Pentagon official and retired Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced Thursday.

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