Last week, approximately 100 people gathered in the Rose Garden as President Donald Trump formally nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I looked and I studied and you are very eminently qualified for this job,” Trump said.
“If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake, I would assume this role to serve you,” Barrett responded.
Many of those who attended the event were in close proximity to one another without wearing masks. Days later, a number of attendees have tested positive for COVID-19. Leading the way, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus on Thursday night. Shortly thereafter, Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway tested positive for COVID-19. Also, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Mike Lee, Notre Dame President John Jenkins, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien and Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19.
The President was admitted to Walter Reed National Hospital after experiencing “mild” symptoms over the weekend. At this time, it is unclear if others were hospitalized.
Amy Coney Barrett has not reported any positive COVID-19 test results since the event. She is set to take part in U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week.