(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — More guests who were in attendance of the formal nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg have tested positive for COVID-19. Many in the crowd were not wearing masks and were seen hugging and fist bumping.
It was confirmed on Monday, nine days after the event, that White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany contracted the virus but said she is experiencing no symptoms.
Previously, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Senators Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Thom Tillis, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Assistant to the president Nick Luna, Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have all contracted COVID-19.
Beyond politics, another attendee confirmed they tested positive for the virus — New York Times White House Correspondent Michael Shear.
Hope Hicks, who tested positive on Wednesday, was not at the event. In addition, two deputies of McEnany’s — Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt — also tested positive for COVID-19, as well as RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
This raises questions about whether or not more positive tests will be reported in the coming days and how many at the highest levels of government have been exposed.
As for President Trump, his condition has improved and it was confirmed that he departed Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday evening after his three-night stay. He arrived at the White House shortly before 7 p.m. ET.
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