Trump and first lady showing ‘mild symptoms’ after positive Covid tests – live

Trump and first lady showing ‘mild symptoms’ after positive Covid tests – live


Evening summary: coronavirus in the Rose Garden

It has been an extraordinary 24 hours in American politics, and the next few days are unlikely to be much calmer. You can continue to follow US political updates on our global coronavirus blog, helmed by my colleague Christopher Knaus in Australia.

Here’s the highlights of today’s developments.

  • Less than a day after announcing he had tested positive for Covid-19, Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed medical center, where officials said he would spend the next few days.
  • Trump walked himself to the helicopter that transported him to the hospital, and White House officials said he was doing well and would be staying at the hospital out of “an abundance of caution”.
  • The White House said late Friday night that Trump was being treated with remdesivir. Trump tweeted that it was “going well”.
  • It’s still not clear how and when Trump was infected with coronavirus, but a White House Rose Garden event last Saturday announcing Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s supreme court nominee emerged as a key moment, with at least seven people at the event later announcing they had tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Republican senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, both members of the Senate judiciary committee, said they had tested positive for coronavirus, raising questions about the scheduled confirmation hearing process for Barrett, which is scheduled to begin in 10 days. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said early Friday that he intended to move along with the confirmation process.
  • Melania Trump, Kellyanne Conway, the Notre Dame president, John Jenkins, and a White House reporter also tested positive after the Rose Garden event.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the country needed to unite in the face of Trump’s illness. Biden’s campaign said it would be suspending negative ads about Trump, but that Biden would continue campaigning for the time being. Trump’s campaign said it would still run negative ads about Biden.
  • There are still many questions about how many other workers and employees may have been exposed to coronavirus by the president or his inner circle, including secret service members, White House reporters, and staffers at the president’s campaign fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday night.



Trump is being treated with remdesivir, White House says

A late-night update from the White House press secretary:

Kayleigh McEnany

An update from President ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩’s physician:

October 3, 2020

Remdesivir, the first drug approved by licensing authorities in the US to treat Covid-19, has been shown to help people recover faster from the disease. Read more here.



Trump tweets that his hospitalization is ‘going well’

It is nearly midnight in Washington, DC, but the president, who ihospitalized with coronavirus, appears to be awake.

Donald J. Trump

Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!

October 3, 2020


Scrutinizing the timeline of Trump’s coronavirus contacts

As we learn more about the people exposed to Trump over the past few days, his choice to fly to a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday night is likely to attract more scrutiny.

Jonathan Lemire

Trump had gone ahead to the Bedminster fundraiser, saying nothing to the crowd though knowing he had been exposed to an aide with the disease that has infected millions in America and killed more than a million people worldwide.

October 2, 2020


More video of Trump allies who now have coronavirus mingling at Rose Garden event

Few masks, no social distancing.

Dell Cameron

Here’s Kellyanne Conway (covid-19+) with Attorney General Bill Barr at the tail end of the White House “super spreader” event (attended by several others who’ve also tested positive, including 2 U.S. senators)

October 3, 2020


Secret Service agents reportedly furious at Trump’s behavior during pandemic

Secret Service agents almost never complain about the president. It’s “unheard of,” the Washington Post reports. But now, current agents’ frustration at Trump’s behavior during the coronavirus pandemic is seeping out into public view.

“Some currently in the ranks had become convinced during the pandemic that Trump was willing to put his protectors in harm’s way,” the Post reports, noting that some agents feel like he has put the people sworn to protect him in harm’s way.

“He’s never cared about us,” one agent told a friend, the Post reports. Another said in an internal message group: “This administration doesn’t care about the Secret Service.”

Travis Akers

“Secret Service agents expressed their anger and frustration to colleagues and friends Friday, saying that the president’s actions have repeatedly put them at risk. “He’s never cared about us,” one agent told a confidant.”

October 3, 2020

The husband of former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who just announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus after attending a Rose Garden event, used the news story to suggest his own feelings about his wife’s announcement.

George Conway

I can relate

October 3, 2020



Was the announcement of Trump’s supreme court nominee a super-spreader event?

Confirmed cases linked to Saturday’s Rose Garden event are rising. The event was Trump’s formal announcement that he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to fill progressive champion Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat on the supreme court. Ginsberg, who died on 18 September, had made clear that she believed her replacement should not be confirmed until after the 2020 election.

Rebecca Traister

Amy Coney Barratt’s Rose Garden speech as super-spreader event is just hauntingly on-the-nose on about 15 different levels.

October 3, 2020



Rose Garden ceremony linked to at least seven confirmed coronavirus cases

Politico has made a visual guide to the growing number of Trump officials and allies who have tested positive for coronavirus since attending a crowded Rose Garden ceremony last Saturday announcing Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s supreme court nominee.

Many of those who have since announced they tested positive for the virus were seated close together.

Taylor Spooky Thomas 👻

Melania, Sen. Mike Lee and the Rev. John Jenkins, all of who have tested positive for Covid-19, were in close proximity to senators and White House officials at last Saturday’s ACB announcement.

October 2, 2020

As Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic notes, the chairs for the ceremony were not even spaced out.

Igor Bobic

All they had to do is distance the chairs. They couldn’t even do the bare minimum. People should be fired over this. People would be fired over this in a normal admin.

October 3, 2020



Little transparency, many questions as coronavirus cases mount in Washington

Within 24 hours, Trump announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, then announced he was going to be hospitalized for several days.

Key players in the government received no warning about the president’s condition.

Manu Raju

Top leaders of Congress have had no briefing about Trump’s health. Gang of Eight hasn’t been notified about his health or informed about his transfer to Walter Reed, per multiple sources. Trump had called some of his Hill allies early today, like McConnell and Graham

October 2, 2020

Geoff Bennett

NEWS: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was NOT informed of President Trump’s planned movement to Walter Reed, a Democratic aide tells @kasie.

She has not had any further conversations about continuity of government planning with the White House in the intervening hours, the aide said.

October 2, 2020

Al Weaver

Chris Christie, just now on ABC, says he has “not been contacted by the White House” re covid/contact tracing. Says he found out about Hicks’s diagnosis through media reports last night… went this a.m. in NJ to get a test. Will receive results first thing Sat a.m….

October 2, 2020

And, at a moment of deep uncertainty for the country and for the 2020 election, the Trump administration has a consistent record of making statements that are not true.

“A crisis of confidence that has been building for four years,” as journalist Abby Phillip put it.

Abby D. Phillip

A crisis of confidence that has been building for 4 years.

October 2, 2020


Kellyanne Conway has tested positive for Covid-19, says symptoms are ‘mild’

She is the seventh person at the Rose Garden event announcing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the supreme court to confirm she has tested positive for coronavirus.

Kellyanne Conway

Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.

As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️

October 3, 2020

Kyle Cheney

Kellyanne was seated almost at the exact center of the triangle formed by Sen. Mike Lee, Melania Trump and Rev. Jenkins — all of whom tested positive earlier today.

October 3, 2020



‘I’m just not’ worried about getting coronavirus, Trump told Woodward in April

New audio recording from Trump’s 13 April interview with journalist Bob Woodward includes Trump explaining why, despite the risks he was taking, he was “just not” worried about getting coronavirus.

“I don’t know why I’m not. I’m not,” Trump said.

Manu Raju

“You’re risking getting it…” said Woodward. “The way you move around and have those briefings and deal with people. Are you worried about that?”

“No, I’m not. I don’t know why I’m not. I’m not,” Trump said

“Why?” Woodward asked.

“I don’t know,” Trump said. “I’m just not.”

October 2, 2020



Vice-presidential candidates will debate while 12ft apart

Alex Isenstadt

NEWS: in light of today’s events, commission on presidential debates has moved the chairs at the VP debate from 7 feet apart to 12 feet apart. Pence and Harris will be sitting down, per person familiar

October 3, 2020



11 coronavirus cases linked to presidential debate in Cleveland

Everyone agreed: the first 2020 presidential debate was a mess. And that was before it became clear that a growing number of debate attendees had been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Cleveland city officials announced earlier today that they had confirmed at least 11 cases of coronavirus connected with the presidential debate held there on Tuesday.

“In total, at this time, we are aware of 11 cases stemming from pre-debate planning and set-up, with the majority of cases occurring among out of state residents,” a press release said. “At this time, though that could change, no City residents appear to have contracted the virus as a result of this event.”

Kyle Griffin

At least 11 positive coronavirus tests can be traced to organizers of this week’s presidential debate in Cleveland.

October 3, 2020

Ohio’s Democratic state house minority leader tweeted earlier today about her frustration with the debate attendees, including members of Trump’s family, who refused to wear masks.

Emilia Sykes

Tuesday evening, I attended the presidential debate. All attendees were required to get tested for COVID as a condition of attendance. Before the event started a Cleveland clinic doctor offered masks to attendees who were not wearing them. They refused.

October 2, 2020


Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle say they tested negative for COVID-19

Per Fox News reporter Bill Hemmer:


NEW: Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle – who attended Tuesday nights debate with President Trump in Cleveland – say testing results tonight came back negative.

October 3, 2020


Will Covid-19 diagnoses delay confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett?

Ten days before a contentious and divisive supreme court Senate hearing, two GOP senators have tested positive for Covid-19

The confirmation hearings for Trump’s supreme court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, are slated to begin on 12 October. Two Republican members of the Senate judiciary committee have just been diagnosed with Covid-19. (They are among six people at a crowded White House Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett that have already tested positive for the virus.)

Jonathan Lemire

Ahead of SCOTUS headings, the second Republican senator on the Judiciary Committee to test positive

October 3, 2020

The Democratic Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, is now calling to delay the confirmation hearings for Barrett.

“It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing, and there is absolutely no good reason to do so,” Schumer wrote on Twitter.

Chuck Schumer

We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested positive for COVID, and there may be more. I wish my colleagues well.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing, and there is absolutely no good reason to do so.

October 3, 2020

Huffington Post reports that the two GOP senators are instead planning to quarantine for 10 days, rather than 14, which would mean they would be out of quarantine by the beginning of the scheduled hearing.

Igor Bobic

Tillis, like Lee, says he’s going to quarantine for only 10 days and not 14. Barrett’s confirmation hearing is supposed to start in 10 days.

October 3, 2020

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, wrote earlier today that the hearings should proceed despite Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

Leader McConnell

Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve.

October 2, 2020



Twitter says it will remove tweets expressing hope that Trump dies of coronavirus

The social media company said that “this does not automatically mean suspension” for users that tweet about hoping that Trump dies.

Twitter Comms

tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension.

October 2, 2020


Another GOP senator at Rose Garden even for Supreme Court nominee tests positive

This brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases among attendees at the event to six, CNN reporter Betsy Klein notes.

Emily Cochrane

Thom Tillis, another Republican Senator in attendance at the Rose Garden tests positive —

October 3, 2020

Betsy Klein

At least six people who were in attendance at the Saturday Rose Garden event nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court have tested positive: POTUS, FLOTUS, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Mike Lee, Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, and one of the members of the press corps.

October 3, 2020


What we know and don’t know about Trump’s coronavirus

There are many unanswered questions surrounding Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis and treatment. The Associated Press has a great breakdown of what we know about Trump’s case of coronavirus, and what we still don’t know.

What symptoms does he have?

The White House officially has given few details, except that he had a fever and was fatigued.

How is he being treated?

Trump’s physician, Dr Sean Conley, said Friday doctors were providing Trump with an experimental antibody cocktail; vitamin D; famotidine, which is typically used to treat heartburn and acid reflux; the sleep aid melatonin; and an aspirin.

And while he said initially that Trump planned to stay at the White House, the White House announced late Friday afternoon Trump instead would be working from “presidential offices” at Walter Reed.

When did Trump know he had been exposed?

That question is important to answering whether the president continued his campaign events and other activities despite knowing he might be infecting others, and to knowing whether the White House was adequately transparent about Trump’s illness.

White House officials say they learned of adviser Hope Hicks’ positive test results for the coronavirus Thursday, after Trump boarded the Marine One helicopter for a private fundraiser in New Jersey. But Trump went ahead with the trip and the fundraiser. He told Fox News that evening he was being tested.

Just before 1am Friday, he tweeted that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive.

Who infected Trump?

We don’t know, although there’s no shortage of possible suspects. Trump, who typically shuns masks, was around hundreds if not thousands of people this week, traveling to a campaign rally, his golf club, the presidential debate, fundraisers and meetings with people involved in his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court.

Hicks, one of Trump’s closest advisers, fell ill with the coronavirus Wednesday while accompanying Trump to a fundraiser in Minnesota, officials say. It’s not clear if her case is related to the president’s. And Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who was at the White House last weekend, announced Friday he had tested positive.

The White House medical unit is slated to trace the president’s contacts.



Trump will keep running negative campaign ads against Biden

While Joe Biden is going to stop running negative campaign ads after Trump has been diagnosed with coronavirus, the Trump campaign has confirmed that they are not going to pause their attack ads against Biden.

DJ Judd

Trump comms director Tim Murtaugh tells @ryanobles & me they won’t pull negative ads, even though Biden did. “Joe Biden used his speech in MI today to attack the President repeatedly on Social Security, the economy & job creation. Now Biden wants credit for being magnanimous?”

October 2, 2020

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