President Trump, several top White House advisers, and Republican lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus – likely a restructuring of the last few weeks of the presidential campaign, the race to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court election, and even the day-to-day work of the federal government.
In the days before testing positive for the virus, President Trump kept a busy schedule that included campaign stops, fundraisers, White House events and the first presidential debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Then, early Friday, the news came that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus that has killed more than 208,000 Americans. Before the day was over, Trump flew to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland for treatment for mild symptoms of the virus.
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However, the president was expected to deviate from the campaign until he recovers, leaving the blunt to Vice President Mike Pence and other alternates.
Biden was also kicked from the president’s diagnosis, pulling charges against Trump and adopting a more uniform tone after testing negative for the virus.
Trump plans to continue his daily chores in Walter Reed’s presidential suite while he recovers for the next few days, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
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After Trump entered the hospital, there was news of more positive diagnoses from people close to the president. Troubling news included Kellyanne Conway, until recently the White House President’s adviser, and Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 campaign manager.
Assistant campaign manager Justin Clark will oversee Trump 2020 headquarters in Arlington, Virginia while Stepien works remotely, Fox News has confirmed.
Trump’s diagnosis also challenged the remaining two presidential debates, scheduled for October 15 in Miami and October 22 in Nashville, Tenn. It is uncertain whether Trump will still be in quarantine on these dates.
Politicians and experts have pondered whether the debates can be canceled or possibly virtual. Fox News’ Brett Baier said it is even possible that the president might be good enough to travel in person to the Miami debate if he recovers by then.
As of Friday, the Vice Presidential debate should continue as planned next Wednesday with Pence and Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, who both tested negative.
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate Minority, DN.Y., said Friday night it was “irresponsible and dangerous” on October 12 after two Republican Senators paneled a Senate Judicial Committee hearing for Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, move on – Thom Tillis from North Carolina and Mike Lee from Utah confirmed they tested positive for the virus.
However, Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he intended to continue Barrett’s hearing as planned and Senators could join virtually if necessary.
Others who tested positive include Hope Hicks, Senior White House aide, and Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee.
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Many of those close to the president who tested positive attended an event in the Rose Garden of the White House last Saturday announcing Barrett’s nomination. The event was not socially distant and largely maskless – and it remained possible that more participants could test positive in the coming days.