Louie Gohmert taking hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus

Louie Gohmert taking hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus

"But in the last week or two, I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months".

His positive test was caught during a routine screening at the White House, Gohmert said. Gohmert walked in close proximity to Barr in the hallway when neither man was wearing a mask. And his theory for how he contracted the virus contradicted the overwhelming consensus of medical experts that wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to limit the spread of the disease.

"In the meantime, my work schedule and the lives of my employees are disrupted", said Grijalva, 72.

It is unclear where Mr Gohmert plans to quarantine because is among several congressman who sleep in their offices while in Washington, according to Roll Call.

Meanwhile, Texas Republican congressional candidate Wesley Hunt also tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before he was scheduled to greet President Trump in Midland.

An aide to Gohmert sent an extraordinary email to Politico after it broke the news of Gohmert's diagnosis suggesting that the congressman's entire staff had been ordered to continue going to work amid the pandemic in order to be an example of how the nation could safely reopen, and that those who wore masks had been berated for doing so.

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Gohmert took a break from praising Trump at a White House roundtable in May to preemptively knock reporters in the room, saying the only reason the group would wear a mask was "to protect ourselves from you". Some GOP members still opted not to wear masks on the House floor earlier on Wednesday before Pelosi's announcement.

The speaker's decision came the same day Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) revealed he tested positive for COVID-19.

During that hearing, Committee Chairman Representative Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, admonished some Republicans for not wearing masks, which is now required by committee rules.

The Senate has not implemented formal mask requirements. But a few have refused, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a doctor who says it's unnecessary because he previously tested positive for the virus.

Pelosi, D-Calif., is considering other measures to more strictly enforce the wearing of masks in the Capitol complex, according to a Democratic official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private discussion. A mask may also be removed during the delivery of a speech or during an interview assuming no one is within six feet.

"It's not a joke, not a conspiracy theory, not a game", Jayapal said. "By refusing to consistently wear a mask, Representative Gohmert & other Republican colleagues have not only put us in harm's way but our staff, families, Capitol workers too". In May, he said the only way he or any other members of Congress could get the virus was from the media, despite the growing number of staffers that were testing positive at the time. Still, he said McConnell and the Capitol physician would have to be on board for that to happen, and he doesn't know why they aren't.

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