Louie Gohmert

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, who has resisted wearing a mask, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Gohmert, R-Tyler, tested positive in a pre-screening at the White House before a scheduled flight to Texas with President Donald Trump, according to Politico.

On a video on his Twitter account, Gohmert confirmed the diagnosis. 

He said he was tested with a "quick test" that returned a positive result. He said the test sometimes returns a false positive, so he was given a more thorough test. 

He said he does not have any symptoms of what we called the "Wuhan virus."

He said he was told by doctors at the White House and at the Capitol that he would need to quarantine for 10 days. 

Gohmert also said he thinks wearing a mask could have contributed to his contracting the coronavirus because he has his hands on his face when wearing the covering. 

He has been resistant to wear one in the past, but he said now that he has been diagnosed that it was very important. 

The eighth-term Republican told CNN last month that he was not wearing a mask because he was being tested regularly for the coronavirus, Politico reported.

"[I]f I get it," he told CNN in June, "you'll never see me without a mask."

Reps. Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.), Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Tom Rice (R-S.C.) have tested positive for the virus, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

Gohmert, 66, was one of several lawmakers who participated in a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee that also took place Tuesday. He walked around the hearing room and outside without wearing a mask.

In March, Gohmert returned to Congress shortly after possibly being exposed to the new coronavirus saying he was advised by a federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention physician that going into self-quarantine wasn't necessary. 

“We discussed all the specific circumstances of which he was aware along with my circumstances, including that I was asymptomatic,” the Tyler Republican tweeted at the time about a phone call with the unidentified physician. “He said that all things considered, I was cleared to return to Washington.”

Later the next evening, Gohmert was spotted leading a Capitol tour for more than 100 visitors.

This story will be updated.