White House medical team reportedly links Trump's infection to Barrett event
President Trump reportedly picked up COVID-19 at the Amy Coney Barrett nomination event.
Trump, along with dozens of West Wing staff, Republican senators and outsiders, gathered in the Rose Garden on Saturday, September 26, to officially appoint Barrett to the Supreme Court. Many lawmakers later gathered with Barrett at the White House. White House medical staff have since traced that event back to the arrival of COVID-19 at the White House, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
The White House claims Trump didn't test positive for COVID-19 until October 2, the Friday after the Barrett event. But it won't say the last time Trump tested negative for the virus, which begs questions about whether he was actually tested regularly and when he was actually infected with the disease. Trump flew on Air Force One later on Saturday. This was the last time New York Times reporter Michael Shear was around and Shear believes he may have contracted the virus. Trump attended a Gold Star Family event on Sunday, September 27, discussed Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Ohio on Tuesday, September 29, and then traveled to campaign events in Minnesota and New Jersey. The White House did not appear to have reached out to track down anyone who may have been exposed to the virus in these events.
Trump advisor Hope Hicks was the first in the West Wing last week to test positive for COVID-19, at least according to the White House. Trump reportedly showed symptoms of the virus before testing positive on Friday.
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