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Donald Trump’s campaign chief in hospital as inner circle test positive

Close: Chris Christie (left) at a Donald Trump press briefing on September 27 PICTURE: AP

ONE of Donald Trump’s key campaign advisers has been admitted to hospital after becoming the latest member of his inner circle to test positive.

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who helped the president prepare for last Tuesday’s TV debate against Joe Biden, said it was a precaution as he has asthma.

Others infected include Mr Trump’s former adviser Kellyanne Conway. She was among 200 guests who joined him at a White House event on September 26 when anti-abortion judge Amy Coney Barrett was revealed as his pick to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Mr Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, personal assistant Nicholas Luna and close aide Hope Hicks have all tested positive. So too has John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame university where Ms Barrett has taught.

He apologised for shaking people’s hands at the event in the White House Rose Garden, and said guests were told masks were not needed.