Positive COVID-19 test likely to keep Cheney off trail during Trump Wyoming visit
Rep. Liz Cheney announced on Wednesday she tested positive for COVID-19 just days before former President Donald Trump is slated to hold a rally with her primary opponent in her home state.
The Wyoming Republican said she is “experiencing mild symptoms” and will continue to work from home as she recovers.
“While I am fully vaccinated and boosted, I received a positive test result for COVID-19 early Wednesday morning,” Cheney said in a statement.
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“I am currently experiencing mild symptoms and will follow the CDC’s guidance as I continue to work on behalf of the people of Wyoming. I continue to pray for the people of Uvalde, TX, especially the mothers and fathers who have lost their little children in this horrific attack.”
The virus is expected to take Cheney off the campaign trail in the coming days as her challenger, Trump-endorsed candidate Harriet Hageman, is scheduled to appear with the former president in Casper on Saturday.
Cheney, a vocal Trump critic, took aim at him in a speech on Sunday, calling on Republicans to move away from Trumpism and blasting him for his false claim he won the 2020 election.
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“This sacred obligation to defend the peaceful transfer of power has been honored by every American president except one,” Cheney said. “The question for every one of us is in this time of testing, will we do our duty, will we defend our constitution, will we stand for truth, will we put duty to our oath above partisan politics?”
“Or will we look away from danger, ignore the threat, embrace the lies and enable the liar? As we face a threat we have never faced before — a former president attempting to unravel our constitutional republic — at this moment we must all summon the courage to stand against that,” she added.