Donald Trump to Kellyanne Conway: Meet Bill Stepien, Hope Hicks and more WH staff who tested positive for Covid-19
The past couple of days have seen a flurry of Covid-19 cases cropping up in president Donald Trump’s administration and his family. The recent update on POTUS is that he has received an experimental drug for what the White House mentions as mild symptoms of the virus. He is working fine as per Dr. Sean P Conley, Trump’s official presidential physician. President Donald Trump and First Lady MelaniaTrump had tested positive for Covid-19 on October 2.
However, there have been many reports coming up revealing that people at the top echelons of politics at White House have tested positive for the Coronavirus. A correspondent for PBS News Hour tweeted the number of people who have tested positive in the Trump regime. Lisa Desjardins wrote, “23 POSITIVE COVID TESTS: 1+2. President & Melania Trump 3. Bill Stepien, Trump campaign mgr 4. Hope Hicks 5. Kellyanne Conway 6. Sen. Mike Lee 7. Sen. Thom Tillis 8. Ronna McDaniel 9. Notre Dame Pres. Jenkins 10-12. Three WH reporters 13-23. Eleven staffers from Cleveland debate.”
23 POSITIVE COVID TESTS:— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) October 3, 2020
1+2. President & Melania Trump
3. Bill Stepien, Trump campaign mgr
4. Hope Hicks
5. Kellyanne Conway
6. Sen. Mike Lee
7. Sen. Thom Tillis
8. Ronna McDaniel
9. Notre Dame Pres. Jenkins
10-12. Three WH reporters
13-23. Eleven staffers frm Cleveland debate
Here's a look at the people who confirmed positive and where they were in the past few days before the contracting virus.
Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien who was with POTUS at the presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29 has tested positive for the virus as reported by the New York Times.
Earlier we reported that Trump’s senior-most and closest White House aide, Hope Hicks, has tested positive for the Covid-19. Reports suggest that Hicks, who serves as counselor to Trump had been in close proximity to POTUS and had traveled with him to a rally in Minnesota on September 30 after which she tested positive on Thursday, October 1.
Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway has also tested positive for the virus. The confirmation regarding her status on health came after she attended a Rose Garden event on September 26 where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick. She tweeted on October 2 announcing her being Covid-19 positive, “Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians. As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic.”
Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020
As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️
Thom Tillis and Mike Lee
United States Senator from Utah Mike Lee and Senator from North Carolina Thom Tillis have also tested positive. The Senators announcement of contracting Covid-19 came after they attended a Rose Garden gathering that celebrated the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on September 26. A user tweeted the footage from the Rose Garden event showing Mike Lee hugging people without wearing a mask.
Video of the ACB announcement event on Saturday at the WH featuring Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who has now tested positive for Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/aCqP2JCH73 via @bubbaprog— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 2, 2020
John I. Jenkins
Several people present in the Rose Garden event that selected Judge Barrett have tested positive for the virus later. This includes the President of Notre Dame University, John I. Jenkins who was present at there, Daily Beast reports.
Ronna Romney McDaniel
Ronna Romney McDaniel who is the Chair of the Republican National Committee has also tested positive as per media reports. On September 22, McDaniel appeared at a bus tour stop in Lansing and three or four other cities with Trump supporters. The Michigan GOP believes that McDaniel contracted the virus after the bus tour as reported by The Detroit News.
White House Correspondents
Till now, three White House reporters have also tested positive for the virus as reported on October 2. A letter by the White House Correspondents' Association states that the reporters attended a WH press briefing, Rose Garden event and presidential news conference at different points of time in the last week. A user wrote after the news of WH reporters getting the virus, “Hey meathead, 3 reporters from the Rose Garden tested positive. All were wearing masks.” Journalist Aaron Roopar wrote, “The irresponsibility of last Saturday’s Rose Garden superspreader event is world-historical in nature.”
The irresponsibility of last Saturday’s Rose Garden superspreader event is world historical in nature pic.twitter.com/vZQjZaCRaR— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 3, 2020
Hey meathead, 3 reporters from the Rose Garden tested positive. All were wearing masks.— Joe Bidens Memory (@FingerBidens) October 3, 2020
Who Tested Negative?
So far, Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have tested negative for the virus.