BREAKING: A top Pentagon official, retired Brigadier General Anthony Tata, has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell me. It's the second time the coronavirus outbreak has hit senior ranks of the U.S. military.
Tata, who is performing the duties of an undersecretary of Defense, was in meetings with other top Pentagon officials this week including Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Deputy SecDef David Norquist, Gen. Mark Milley. Miller on Wednesday visited troops at Fort Bragg.
Tata likely infected by visiting officials, I’m told. Lithuanian Embassy told Pentagon their minister of defense had tested positive for coronavirus. Raimundas Karoblis met with Tata, as well as acting SecDef Chris Miller and US secretaries of the Army and Air Force, on Friday.
The Lithuanian defense official who has coronavirus met with acting SecDef Chris Miller and the US Air Force and Army secretaries Nov. 13. He met with US Navy sec Monday.

Those US officials aren’t quarantining because CDC guidelines were followed during the mtgs, Pentagon says.

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