Nine people who attended a rally for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign on M on the day of the VP debate Trump punishes Whitmer for calling him an “accomplice” of extremism in connection with the kidnapping scheme. Trump hopes to hold a rally on Saturday despite the recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE in Bemidji, Minn., tested positive for the coronavirus last month.
Health officials confirmed to MPR News that of the nine representatives from COVID-1
It is not immediately clear that people caught the virus at the rally.
The Minnesota Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The news is just the latest in a series of negative developments for the White House. When Trump himself was treated over the weekend after his own coronavirus diagnosis, growing numbers of White House staff, election workers and outside advisors also tested positive.
Many of those who tested positive attended an event held on September 26 at the White House where Trump announced the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The event took place outdoors, but many people in the crowded audience were not wearing masks.
“Well, I think the data speaks for itself. We had a superspreader event in the White House and it was in a situation where people were huddled together and not wearing masks.” Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill’s Morning Report – sponsored by Facebook – Pence, Harris saves COVID-19 during a policy-making debate Eric Trump claims his father “literally saved” Christianity in healthcare overnight: Trump works after COVID-19 diagnosis from the oval Office from GOP frustrated by Trump’s aid messages | Eli Lilly asks for emergency approval for antibody treatment MOREsaid the leading government expert on infectious diseases, said Friday.
Democrats broke into Trump’s campaign over the Minnesota news, directly blaming the president for the infections.
“Since this pandemic began, the Republicans of Donald Trump and Minnesota have ignored the public health experts and postulated their re-elections on the health of Minnesotans. It was only a matter of time before the dangerous, maskless campaign events of Donald Trump and the Minnesota Republicans landed Minnesotans in the hospital, ”Ken Martin, leader of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, said in a statement.
The news is unlikely to stop the campaign from continuing its events. Trump will hold a rally in the White House on Saturday and in Florida on Monday.
“Linking these cases to an outdoor event that took place three weeks ago where hand sanitizer and face masks were delivered is a stretch,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told The Hill. “We wish everyone a speedy recovery.”