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Trump campaign strategic advisor and unofficial Jewish liaison tests positive for coronavirus

The strategic advisor for President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign has tested positive coronavirus, he announced in a tweet Wednesday.

Boris Epshteyn, who also served as a senior advisor to Trump’s 2016 campaign for president and as the communications director for his presidential inaugural committee, said he is experiencing mild symptoms and is quarantining.

Epshteyn is the latest staffer in Trump’s orbit to test positive for coronavirus, a group that includes Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, who tested positive earlier this month.

Trump, in a departure from previous administrations, did not appoint a Jewish liaison. Epshteyn has served as an unofficial Jewish liaison, sparring with former President-elect Joe Biden’s Jewish engagement director Aaron Keyak on Twitter and surfacing news stories about Jewish Republicans and members of Congress perceived as anti-Israel.

Correction, Nov. 25, 1:33 p.m.: A previous version of this article stated that Trump had not appointed an antisemitism envoy. In fact, Elan Carr was appointed Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism in February of 2019.




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