Reverend Perry Cleek, the pastor who attended an event at the White House with President Trump and other officials on July 13, tested positive for COVID-19 a week after the meeting occurred.
Rev. Cleek was attending a roundtable event focused on US law enforcement after his donations to police officers in his community drew media attention around the country.
The pastor started experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on July 21, the website for CBS and ABC Tennessee affiliate WJHL-TV first reported.
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A pastor from northeastern Tennessee who met with President Donald Trump and other administration officials at the White House on July 13 started experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and tested positive for the virus one week later.
Reverend Perry Cleek of the Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesborough, Tenn. attended the televised roundtable event attended by President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Attorney General William Barr to discuss law enforcement.
The White House invited Rev. Cleek to the event after his $1,000 donations to police officers in his community drew media attention around the country.
The pastor started experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on July 21, the website for CBS and ABC northeastern Tennessee affiliate station WJHL-TV first reported. Rev. Cleek said he was tested for the virus prior to attending the event, and said he tested negative at the time, according to WJHL-TV’s report.
Rev. Cleek also said he was never “close” to President Trump while attending the event. A video of the event broadcast on C-SPAN shows he was sitting next to A.G. Barr. Nobody seated at the table — including Rev. Cleek, Trump, Pence, and Barr — wore a face mask, according to footage in the video.
The pastor told WJHL-TV that he never experienced a fever, only a cough, and a feeling …read more
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