Nearly 900 Secret Service agents got COVID-19, according to newly released government records
Intelligence agents watch the crowd as President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Ocala International Airport on Friday, October 16, 2020, in Ocala, Fla.
881 intelligence agents contracted COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic, records show.
It's not clear who the agents were or who they were supposed to be protecting.
But CREW, which received the record, stressed the risks Trump placed on agents last year.
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In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 881 active intelligence workers were diagnosed with the virus, according to government records CREW received under the Freedom of Information Act.
The nearly 900 intelligence agents who contracted the virus from March 1, 2020 to March 9, 2021 included 477 special agents, 249 members of the Uniformed Division, 131 in administrative, professional and technical positions, 12 investigative protection officers and 12 technical Security investigator.
For data protection reasons, the names of the infected were not included in the files. It is therefore also unclear to whom they were assigned. The record suggests that at least 13% of Secret Service agents and staff have contracted the potentially deadly virus.
CREW, a nonprofit ethics watchdog based in Washington, DC, stressed that it is "impossible to overestimate the risk the Trump administration is placing on intelligence agents."
Former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence held large rallies repeatedly during their tenure during the pandemic. An October 2020 study by Stanford University economists said Trump's campaign rallies "ultimately resulted in more than 30,000 incremental confirmed COVID-19 cases" and "likely resulted in more than 700 deaths."
The Trump family also made frequent trips to their properties that required Secret Service protection.
When Trump was criticized during the pandemic for disregarding public health recommendations, reports surfaced that dozens of intelligence agents were infected with the virus.
After testing positive for the virus last October, Trump drew widespread criticism for driving a car with intelligence agents while he was hospitalized for COVID-19 to have a photo op with his supporters organize.
Trump temporarily left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the time in a presidential motorcade to wave to his supporters, and the vehicle he was in with intelligence agents was bulletproof and airtight to guard against chemical attack. The agents wore personal protective equipment and Trump wore a mask. Critics still said Trump unnecessarily put the agents at risk.
Since the early days of the pandemic, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the threat posed by COVID-19. Public health experts said Trump's unconcerned attitude towards the virus spread across the country and was a big part of why the US was the epicenter of the pandemic for months. When Trump stepped down, there were more than 400,000 registered deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.
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