Here’s who has tested positive for COVID-19 in U.S. President Trump’s inner circle


Since the revelation early Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for COVID-19, a number of cases have been confirmed among those who have had close contact with Trump.

Many of them had attended an event at the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26, where Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Here is a list of people who have tested positive so far:

Hope Hicks

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks was the first to confirm her diagnosis on Thursday, which prompted the president and his wife to also get tested. 

On Thursday, former White House communications director Hope Hicks confirmed she had tested positive for the coronavirus after feeling unwell following a trip with Trump and his family the day before. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

It is not clear how or when the president was exposed. However, Hicks travelled with Trump on many occasions in the past week, including a trip to Ohio for the first presidential debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday.

Everyone admitted to the debate hall was supposed to have been tested in advance and also follow safety measures such as physical distancing, hand sanitizing and face covering, but most of Trump’s family and senior staff took off their masks for the duration of the debate, violating the rules.

Hicks also joined the president, as well as others, on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for a 15-minute flight to Air Force One aircraft at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday.

Later that same day, Hicks reported she was feeling unwell.

The president and Melania Trump

Hours after Hicks’ positive diagnosis, the president and his wife also announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a tweet at 1 a.m. on Friday, Melania Trump confirmed she and her husband would be self-isolating and starting the recovery process.

Later that day, the president’s wife tweeted that she was experiencing “mild symptoms” but was “overall feeling good and postponing all upcoming engagements.”

Trump and his wife, along with 150 other people, attended last weekend’s Rose Garden ceremony. According to the president of the University of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins, few attendees at the event wore masks as some guests were told it was safe to take them off after they received tests upon arrival. 

Photos from the event show dozens of people seated closely without face coverings.

In this official photo provided by the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 26, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Amy Rossetti/White House)

Melania Trump is currently at home recovering while the president is being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Bill Stepien

Bill Stepien, who has been managing Trump’s re-election campaign, received his positive test result on Friday night, a campaign spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press.

Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien confirmed he also tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild flu-like symptoms. Stepien has been managing Trump’s re-election campaign since July and has been travelling with the president. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Stepien had travelled with the president to Ohio earlier in the week for the debate. He was also aboard Air Force One with Trump in late August after a campaign rally.

Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway, pictured at the Rose Garden event speaking with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, confirmed late Friday that she had tested positive. (Alex Brandon/The Associated Press)

Former White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway announced her diagnosis late Friday. In a tweet, she stated that her symptoms were “mild” but she was “feeling fine.”

Conway was also among Saturday’s Rose Garden attendees.

Mike Lee

Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he would be in quarantine for the next 10 days and working from home after receiving a positive test for the novel coronavirus on Friday.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he will be working from home for the next few days after testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday. (Win McNamee//Getty Images)

Lee was at the Rose Garden ceremony and did not wear a mask. On Saturday, he said he had “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies.”

Chris Christie

Barr, right, greets guests at the Sept. 26 White House event without wearing a mask. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was at the Rose Garden event and was seen interacting in close proximity to several people, tweeted Saturday that he has checked himself into the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey after testing positive, experiencing mild symptoms and consulting with his doctors.

“Due to my history of asthma, we decided this is an important precautionary measure,” Christie tweeted.

Thom Tillis

Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said his COVID-19 test came back positive on Friday night and tweeted that he was feeling well and had “no symptoms.” But by the next day, Tillis said he had “mild symptoms.”

He was among the 150 guests who had attended the nomination of Barrett; however, Tillis wore a mask during the event.

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, who did wear a mask during the public portion of the Supreme Court nomination event, said he had ‘mild symptoms.’ (Chuck Burton/The Associated Press)

Ron Johnson

Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson announced on Saturday morning that he tested positive for the coronavirus and was asymptomatic.

Sen. Ron Johnson announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, but said he was asymptomatic. (Toni Sandys/Getty Images)

He was the third Republican senator to test positive for the virus in a span of roughly 24 hours. Johnson will remain in isolation until given the all-clear by his doctors.

Ronna McDaniel

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel confirmed her positive diagnosis on Friday after getting tested for the virus on Wednesday.

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel has been self-isolating at her home since Saturday. She tested positive for the coronavirus and announced her diagnosis on Friday. (Getty Images)

She was last seen with Trump at a fundraiser on Sept. 25. She flew to her home in Michigan the next day and received her positive result. McDaniel has been at her home since Saturday.

Rev. John Jenkins

University of Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins was one of the many guests who had attended the Rose Garden nomination ceremony and announced his positive test results for the coronavirus on Friday.

He issued an apology to the Notre Dame community for failing to wear a mask during that event while shaking hands with various people.

Nicholas Luna

Trump speaks with his personal assistant Nicholas Luna at the White House during a roundtable discussion with governors on June 18. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump personal aide Nick Luna tested positive for COVID-19 after having travelled with him several times recently, a White House official said Saturday night.



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