Two Events Helped Spread the Coronavirus Across the U.S. Government

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By Anna Breuer on 4 October 2020
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Despite the death of Trump aide Herman Cain, who downplayed the necessity of wearing masks and died of the coronavirus at the age of 74 in July, the president and top officials meticulously avoided wearing face masks.  Cain was present at Trump’s Tulsa rally in June without a mask and that event was blamed for a spike in virus cases in the area.

Now another event is being blamed for creating a Covid-19 hotspot, and that hotspot is at the West Wing.  The unveiling of the president’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court was not only a celebratory event for Republicans but also a nexus for contagion that spread across party members like the California wildfires.

The event was intended to change the message from the coronavirus to the Supreme Court nomination but the maskless ceremony instead has become emblematic of how the White House ignored the recommendations and best practices of its own experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, who has become the face of the fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

At least ten people in attendance including the president himself, the first lady, and Trump aide Hope Hicks, have tested positive for the coronavirus, and Trump was rushed to the hospital Friday with worsening symptoms.

Two senators who sat in the second row amongst other senators, Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, both reported they had tested positive on Friday.  The president’s longtime advisor, Kellyanne Conway, who is married to George Conway, a rather public tormentor of her boss, also reported testing positive.

Three members of the White House Press Corps have tested positive, according to the White House Correspondents Association.

On Saturday, a third Republican senator, albeit one who did not attend the event, Ron Johnson, as did former New Jersey Governor and Trump advisor Chris Christie, who helped the president prepare for the debate Tuesday sans masks, as did Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, who also participated in the maskless debate preparation.

Another person reporting a positive test is Republican National Committee chairman Rona McDaniel, who had spent time with the president at the end of last week.

Finally, on Sunday, White House aide Nick Luna, who serves as a personal attendant or bodyman to President Donald Trump, tested positive for coronavirus infection, according to multiple confirmed reports.

This doesn’t even begin to include the attendees at a private Trump fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, hours before the president disclosed his status.  Over 100 people were present and 20 sat with him for a one-hour roundtable discussion.

Hope Hicks had begun to experience symptoms as early as Wednesday, according to several media reports, and she received notification of a positive test Thursday morning. White House officials said they learnt of her test results around 1 p.m. that day, just as the president was about to depart via Marine One for Bedminster.  Several advisors who were originally slated to travel to Bedminster with the president were told to remain at the White House, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, and senior aide Dan Scavino.

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