- At least eight people who attended an event on September 26 where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick have since tested positive for COVID-19.
- Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus on Friday.
- At least 150 people attended the event last week.
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President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday at an event with 150 attendees.
Almost a week later on Friday, Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Now the event has come under some scrutiny, as at least eight attendees have tested positive for the virus this week.
It’s unclear if the Rose Garden gathering qualifies as a super-spreader event, or how or when those who contracted COVID-19 got the virus â€” whether at the event or elsewhere.
Here are all the prominent attendees who have tested positive for the virus:
- President Donald Trump announced that he tested positive for COVID-19, early on Friday.
- First Lady Melania also tested positive.
- Sen. Thom Tillis – a member of the Judiciary Committee,tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
- Sen. Mike Lee also tested positive for the virus on Friday.
- Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway
- Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame University president, was in the audience at the event. He tested positive.
- Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Saturday he checked into a hospital after testing positive and experiencing mild symptoms.
- An unnamed journalist also tested positive, according to ABC News.
Barrett tested negative on Friday but had the coronavirus this summer.
More people in the president’s inner circle who interacted with him the week prior to his diagnosis also tested positive. White House aide Hope Hicks, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Trump’s personal assistant are also among those who have recently tested positive for COVID-19.