West Point summoned cadets back for Trump's graduation speech. Now several have the coronavirus. - 2020-06-01
West Point did not need to have an in-person graduation ceremony this year. The nation's oldest military service academy had its cadets leave campus in March as the coronavirus outbreak began spreading across the United States, especially in New York, which has more than twice the amount of infections as any other state.
But President Donald Trump insisted on giving an in-person speech to the 1,000-person graduating class for the June 13 commencement, forcing Army leaders to scramble their plans and summon cadets back to campus. On Monday, the Army completed a screening of all returning graduates and announced that 1.5 percent, about 15 or 16 students, had tested positive for COVID-19.
"This was anticipated," Army spokesperson Emanuel L. Ortiz said in an emailed statement. "None were symptomatic, and no cadet has contracted through person-to-person contact while under the Army's care."