Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) joked during a recent interview that having COVID-19 is a “very good way to lose weight.”
What happened: The 65-year-old Republican politician made the comment during an interview with the South Orange County Economic Coalition as part of its “Meet Your Newly Elected Officials” program on Jan. 22.
Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA), who once expressed skepticism about the mask mandate in Orange County last spring, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Although she does not show any symptoms, the 65-year-old Korean American politician learned she had been in contact with someone positive with the virus, Steel’s statement said via Associated Press.
A South Korean immigrant was selected to lead a panel that advises President Donald Trump on issues related to Asian Americans earlier this month.
Republican Michelle Steel, a supervisor in Orange County, California will co-chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a 12-member body.