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Here are the people in the Trump administration who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 so far

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President Donald Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus in the early hours of Oct. 2. Since the announcement, numerous people—from family members to advisers—in the Trump administration have received positive COVID-19 test results. Many of them attended the Rose Garden announcement where Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The event was held outside, and most people in attendance didn’t wear a mask. 

Here is a list of people in the Trump circle who has tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

  • Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, tested positive on Sept. 30.
  • Hope Hicks, a close aide to the president, tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1. Hicks was the first person in the administration to be identified in the media as positive.
  • President Trump announced his positive test results on Oct. 2.
  • Melania Trump’s positive test results were also announced on Oct. 2. The president announced both results on Twitter. 
  • Mike Lee (R-Utah), a U.S. senator and member of Trump’s circle, announced his positive test results on Oct. 2. Lee attended the Barrett ceremony and was seen without a mask.
  • Kellyanne Conway, a former counselor to the president, announced positive test results on Oct. 2. That led to plenty of drama with her TikTok influencer daughter.
  • Bill Stepien, the Trump campaign manager, learned of his positive test results on Oct. 2.
  • Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), a U.S. senator, announced his positive test results on Oct. 2.
  • Nick Luna, a personal attendant to President Trump, tested positive on Oct. 3.
  • Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), a U.S. senator, announced his positive results on Oct. 3.
  • Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, tested positive on Oct. 3. Christie was one of the primary officials in charge of prepping Trump for his first presidential debate.
  • Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, announced positive test results on Oct. 5. She had previously briefed reporters indoors without wearing a mask. That led to multiple positive tests for White House reporters. 
  • Chad Gilmartin, the principal assistant press secretary at the White House, tested positive on Oct. 5.
  • Jayna McCarron, one of the president’s military aides, announced positive test results on Oct. 6.
  • Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s most trusted aides, tested positive on Oct. 7. Previously, Miller’s wife had been infected. 
  • Crede Bailey, a top White House security official, reportedly showed symptoms even before the Barrett event. He reportedly is “gravely ill.”
  • Trish Scalia, the wife of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, tested positive on Oct. 13. Both attended the Rose Garden ceremony.
  • Barron Trump, the 14-year-old son of the president and Melania Trump

These members of the Trump administration are far from the first politicians to test positive for the virus. Several other world leaders, including Boris Johnson—the prime minister of the United Kingdom—announced positive test results toward the start of the pandemic.

The virus has spread rapidly through members of the Trump circle, however, prompting concern from experts and civilians alike. Overall, there are reports that 34 people connected to the White House have been infected.

Several members of the Trump administration and family have tested negative for COVID-19 following the president’s positive test. Vice President Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Barron Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Attorney General William Barr are among those who’ve received negative test results. 

Sources: CNN, ABC, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Poynter


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