President Trump’s Labor Secretary’s wife was announced as having tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday – but who is Trish Scalia?
The wife of Secretary Eugene Scalia is said to be currently suffering from “mild symptoms”, two weeks after the couple attended an event at the Rose Garden.
Sharing the news in a statement, the Department of Labour said her husband has also been tested and received a negative result.
Here’s what we know about Trish Scalia and her recent diagnosis…
Who is Trish Scalia?
- Trish Scalia, full name Patricia, is married to President Trump’s Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, 57.
The couple have seven children together. It is not known how they met or when they got married.
It also does not appear as if she has any social media accounts, although her husband does use Twitter.
And she did get a mention in her husband’s swearing in speech for the Labor Secretary role back in September 2019.
He said: “I want to thank my wife Trish for all of the support that she has given me, both in recent weeks, but throughout our marriage.”
Trish’s father-in-law was the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016 at the age of 79. Eugene was his eldest son.
Labor Secretary Eugene has also worked as a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a Washington D.C. law firm, reports Romper.
In addition, he was also a solicitor for the Department of Labor, after being appointed to the role in 2001 by President George W. Bush.
What do we know about Trish Scalia’s coronavirus diagnosis?
The US Department of Labour released a statement on Tuesday saying Scalia is “doing well” and has “mild symptoms”.
It read: “This afternoon, doctors confirmed that U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“Mrs. Scalia is experiencing mild symptoms but doing well. This evening, Secretary Scalia received a test and the results were negative; he has experienced no symptoms.
“The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish’s recovery and the health of those around them.
“For the time being, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the mission of the Department and the President’s agenda.”
Who else has tested positive after the Rose Garden event?
The Rose Garden event was held to announce Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court on September 26.
It is not known if Trish contracted the virus at this event – which was more than 2 weeks ago – but 12 other people who also attended have since tested positive, reports CNN.
Since the gathering, the Trump and first lady Melania both tested positive – with the President spending three days in hospital.
Scalia was sat behind Kellyanne Conway at the event – with the former White House adviser also since having tested positive.
And as reported by CNN, Infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has since called the Rose Garden ceremony a “superspreader”event.