Donald Trump has said his lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus.
The US president tweeted: “@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!”
Mr Giuliani has travelled extensively to battleground states in recent weeks in an effort to help Mr Trump challenge his election defeat.
The lawyer made an appearance on Fox News on Sunday to speak about his legal challenges in several states on behalf of Mr Trump.
He has also spent the last four weeks repeating baseless claims that fraud was a factor in Joe Biden’s victory last month.
.@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2020
The 76-year-old said at a news conference in November: “The most important thing here is that this has been a massive attack on the integrity of the voting system in the greatest democracy on Earth.
“The people who did this have committed one of the worst crimes that I have ever seen or observed.”
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Dark brown streaks of hair dye were seen running down Mr Giuliani’s face at the same conference as he mopped sweat from his brow.
It was the latest in a series of embarrassing events for the former mayor of New York City.
Mr Giuliani hosted a news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia in November – with the site being opposite a crematorium and next to a sex shop.
The unusual location led to speculation Mr Trump’s campaign had meant to the book the nearby Four Seasons Hotel.
Mr Giuliani was also the target of a prank in the new Borat film, where he was lured into a hotel room by a 24-year-old actress.
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He is later seen lying on a bed in the room with his hands down his trousers.
Mr Giuliani’s positive coronavirus test comes months after Mr Trump and his wife Melania each tested positive for the illness in October.
Incoming president Joe Biden said on Saturday he will not force Americans to take any vaccine – but did warn the country faces a “bleak future” unless swift action is taken to agree on a coronavirus aid bill.
His comments come as the country is engulfed in a nationwide spike in the virus that is hampering its economic recovery.
The president-elect also expressed concern that so far he has seen “no detailed plan” from the Trump administration on how to distribute an approved coronavirus vaccine.