This weekend, the Trump administration was rocked by the news of a health crisis impacting a member of the Cabinet.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, 82, was rushed to a local hospital in upstate New York late Friday night, according to a Fox News report.
Wilbur Ross hospitalized
When news of Ross’ hospitalization first hit the newswire, liberals, Democrats, and members of the media were licking their chops with anticipation, much as they did upon learning that former presidential candidate Herman Cain had been hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19.
Because President Donald Trump and many in his administration do not regularly wear masks as a means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, it seems as though journalists take particular delight when someone affiliated with the president contracts the illness, in a sort of “we-told-you-so” sense.
In this case, though, they were all likely disappointed when a spokesperson stated that Ross’ hospitalization was not I any way related to COVID-19.
As Fox News noted, a Commerce Department spokesperson stated: “Secretary Ross has been admitted into the hospital for minor, non-coronavirus related issues. He is doing well and we anticipate his release soon.”
Ross is one of the few high-profile members of the Trump administration who has managed to retain his position from day one.
That is not to say, however, that Ross’ rise to a position in President Trump’s Cabinet was a conventional one.
Part of the reason for this is that Ross was actually a lifelong Democrat right up until the day President Trump was elected to the Oval Office, and he switched parties in 2016 prior to beginning work within the administration.
Ross’ nomination to head the Commerce Department was among the first Cabinet appointments President Trump made, and Ross was one of the first administration nominees to be confirmed by the Senate back in February of 2017, as The Hill noted.
At the time of his confirmation, Ross was 79 years old, a fact which gave him the title as the oldest first-time Cabinet member in U.S. history.
Hopefully, Ross is well on his way to a speedy recovery and will be back serving his country in the very near future.