On Monday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced he was voluntarily submitting to a self-quarantine after being informed that he had come into contact with a coronavirus-infected attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
But according to Politico's Melanie Zanona, Gaetz first learned of the exposure in a very awkward place — mid-flight, aboard Air Force One.
Gaetz reportedly submitted to testing immediately upon landing.
I'm told Gaetz's office wasn't informed until MID-FLIGHT that he had interacted with the infected CPAC attendee...… https://t.co/Bf9tbeFxd6— Melanie Zanona (@Melanie Zanona)1583787330.0
Gaetz had previously been spotted aboard Air Force Once prior to the announcement, fueling speculation that he had come into contact with President Donald Trump.
Several other lawmakers who attended CPAC have also undertaken voluntary quarantine measures after being alerted to exposure, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Doug Collins (R-GA).