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COVID-19: Several Of Donald Trump’s Aides And Allies Test Positive

Donald Trump's Aides And Allies Test Positive

Trump coronavirus: Who else close to the US president has tested positive for COVID-19?

A number of Donald Trump’s aides and allies have tested positive, raising concerns about the scope of a possible outbreak.

Several cases have been confirmed among those who have had close contact with Donald Trump and his aide Hope Hicks, whose diagnosis prompted the test that confirmed the US president had the coronavirus.

The period between infection and sickness can be anything from a few days to two weeks, so he could have contracted it on a number of occasions and from a variety of people.

Here is a summary of some of those involved so far:

Positive tests:

Donald Trump, 74

US president since 2016, he has seen his campaign effectively put on hold after testing positive for COVID-19.

He was at the White House Rose Garden last Saturday 26 September to announce the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. He attended a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, and another event in Ohio on Monday.

He was at a fundraiser and rally on Wednesday in Minnesota, where he did a shorter speech than usual.

By Thursday morning Mr Trump would have been aware of the positive test result for Hope Hicks. Despite this, he went ahead with a fundraising trip to his golf club in New Jersey. According to public health guidelines he should have isolated, having been in close proximity to someone infected with the virus.

In the early hours of Friday, after returning from the New Jersey event, he tweeted to say he and his wife had tested positive and were in isolation.

Presidential adviser and former White House communications director. She is a close confidante to Mr Trump.

Ms Hicks was not at the Rose Garden event on 26 September.

She was part of the team who travelled with Mr Trump to Cleveland for the presidential debate on Tuesday. She returned a negative test on Wednesday morning and joined others for the trip to Minnesota that day. It was in Minnesota that she reported feeling unwell.

She stayed apart from others on the first leg of the journey (by plane) and did not take the crowded Marine One back to the White House. On Thursday morning her test was positive. Those who had been near her were not immediately told.

First lady, wife of Donald Trump.

She often travels with her president husband and she was at the Rose Garden event in late September.

Her diagnosis was announced at the same time as her husband’s on Friday 2 October.

She tweeted later in the day that she was experiencing “mild symptoms” and was “overall feeling good”, adding: “I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.”

Former presidential adviser who left the White House in August

She was at the Rose Garden event on Saturday, sitting in the front row.

Pictures of the event showed a few hundred people sitting close to each other, many without masks, including Mrs Conway.

She tweeted: “My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine.”

Senator Mike Lee, 49

Republican from Utah, Mr Lee was also at the Rose Garden last Saturday and met Amy Coney Barrett, who was announced as Mr Trump’s pick for the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court, a few days later.

He announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, after a negative result earlier in the week.

Senator Thom Tillis, 60

He had a negative test before attending the White House Rose Garden event on Saturday and he met Mr Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Ms Coney Barrett on Wednesday. Mr Tillis was pictured wearing a mask at the Saturday event, but not at the Wednesday meeting.

On Thursday night he took part in a debate with the Democratic challenger for his senate seat, Cal Cunningham. Both wore masks.

Mr Tillis revealed his positive test result on Friday. Mr Cunningham has said he will get tested.

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