Tata will be isolated at home for the next 14 days.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement that Tata met with Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis last Friday. Since then, Caroblis has tested positive for Covid-19, and the Lithuanian embassy announced the infection at the Pentagon on Thursday.
“Mr. Tata was tested today and has two positive tests for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests. He will isolate at home for the next 14 days according to the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control,” Hoffman said.
Caroblis also met with a number of senior Pentagon officials, including Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, Army and Air Force Secretaries, and the Navy Secretary. Each of these employees was tested by their meeting, Hoffman said. He did not say how these leaders were tested.
In several tweets from 2018, he claims that former President Barack Obama was a “terrorist leader” who did more to harm the United States “and help Islamic countries than any president in history.”
And in radio and television appearances, Tata also spreads conspiracy theories that “deep state bondage” by officials will see President Donald Trump fail rather than succeed in office.
Following the withdrawal of his nomination, Tata was designated as “an official acting as Deputy Deputy Minister of Defense for Policy”.
He is widely regarded as a loyal man to Trump who maintains White House support, even as Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee have signaled they are reluctant to support his confirmation earlier this year.
This story was updated with additional information on Thursday.