Since President Donald Trump announced his positive Covid-19 test, public attention has focused on the rose garden ceremony for the Supreme Court announcement of Amy Coney Barrett and how some of his attendees have tested positive since then.
But there was also a smaller private reception at the White House – one that didn’t involve masks or social distancing.
After the public event, dozens of attendees gathered in the diplomatic reception room of the White House and in the adjacent hallway. The reception lasted between 30 and 45 minutes, a source familiar with the event told CNN.
CNN is told that attendees did not wear masks and images of the event do not show social distancing.
Pictures of the reception captured by New York Times photographer Doug Mills and White House photographer Andrea Hanks show a group of people speaking very closely. A picture shows First Lady Melania Trump, Barrett and their family, shoulder to shoulder and directly behind Trump posing in the oval office.
The late Judge Antonin Scalia’s widow, Maureen Scalia, speaks to Barrett in a photo. In another case, Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who has now tested positive, can be seen in close proximity to Barrett.
The President and First Lady Melania Trump speak to a few other attendees in the room.
Also in the room is Attorney General William Barr, who spoke a few minutes earlier in the rose garden near the former advisor to President Kellyanne Conway. Conway has since announced that it has tested positive for the virus.