Coronavirus Superspreader Event Likely At White House - 2020-10-03
The White House gathering on Sept. 26 to introduce Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump's nominee to serve on the Supreme Court has emerged as a likely superspreader event in the growing cluster of COVID-19 cases surrounding the president.
So far, the majority of the people who have tested positive were at the Rose Garden gathering and associated events, including individuals whose schedules would otherwise not obviously have brought them together. And the timing of their reported positive tests fits with the date of the event. It was also surrounded by other meetings with key Republicans to discuss the coming confirmation hearings.
Trump's wife, Melania, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had prepped Trump for Tuesday's debate, Kellyanne Conway, the former counsellor to Trump who left the White House in late August, were at the event. So were Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider Barrett's nomination, and Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University, where she is a law professor. (Barrett herself was reportedly infected with the coronavirus earlier this year and tested negative on Friday.)