• Stephen Miller tested positive for COVID-19
  • He makes $183,000 per year as senior advisor to Trump
  • Miller has pushed for harsher border and immigrant policies in the past

Stephen Miller, one of the most trusted men of President Donald Trump, is also one of the highest paid members of his team.

Stephen Miller makes $183,000 annually. As assistant to the president and senior advisor for policy under the Trump administration, his pay is equal to fellow senior officials such as assistant to the president for economic policy Lawrence Kudlow, assistant to the president and director of the domestic policy council Joseph Grogan, assistant to the president and press secretary Stephanie Grisham, assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff Emma Doyle, among others, per Business Insider.

In contrast, the lowest paid White House personnel receives $30,000 as of 2019, a report from the Executive Office of the President revealed. While Miller is one of the highest paid in Trump’s team, there are other senior officials who make more than him: senior advisor to the chief of staff for strategy and stakeholder engagement John Czwartacki is being paid $239,595 while acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney makes $203,500 per year.

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Trump advisor Stephen Miller listens during a meeting held by U.S. President Donald Trump with teachers and parents on education at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2017. Reuters

The Santa Monica, California native has been with Trump since 2016. He is the man behind some of the most controversial policies of the administration such as the “Zero Tolerance” that involved migrant families at the southern border. According to another Business Insider report, Miller was also connected to suspending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was put in place under ex-president Barack Obama’s term.

Calls for his resignation grew last year when leaked emails showed him communicating with white-nationalist websites. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even labeled Miller as a "bonafide white nationalist."

In the aftermath of Trump’s revelation that he tested positive alongside Melania Trump for COVID-19, several White House officials were reported to have caught the same virus, including Miller.

"Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine," a part of Miller’s interview published by CNN read.

Hope Hicks, Kayleigh McEnany and Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel were reported to be COVID-19 positive after they engaged with Trump days before the latter revealed his health condition. Meanwhile, campaign manager Bill Stepien and ex New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tested positive earlier in October, per Insider.

It remains to be seen how the recent health scare inside Trump’s inner circle would affect the campaign of the president. On the other hand, rival Joe Biden and his wife tested negative for the virus.