How Did His Inner Circle Get Infected? Rose Garden, Golf Club Events Scrutinized

A White House ceremony last Saturday for Amy Coney Barrett brought together top aides, Cabinet members and Republican lawmakers. And New Jersey health officials have contacted more than 200 people who attended a campaign fundraiser at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster on Thursday.


CNN:
Senior Administration Official: Coronavirus Outbreak Likely Began At Supreme Court Announcement 


A senior administration official told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Saturday that the cluster of coronavirus cases among top Republican officials likely began at President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden event announcing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The official said it “seems highly likely this (outbreak) originated at the SCOTUS announcement last week. It may have come from the Hill. The next major concern will be securing Capitol Hill and protecting lawmakers.” (Krieg, 10/3)


Stat:
A Supreme Court Announcement Packed With Covid-19 Red Flags


The flags are so red they might as well be wailing like sirens. As more people in and around the White House test positive for the virus that causes Covid-19, no event is being more scrutinized than the Rose Garden event last Saturday, where President Trump announced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. That gathering, as videos and photos of it make clear, violated so many of the recommendations that everyone else has been told to adopt this year. (Joseph, 10/3)


CNN:
Inside Amy Coney Barrett’s White House Reception


Since President Donald Trump announced his positive Covid-19 test, public attention has centered on the Rose Garden ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court announcement and how a number of its attendees have since tested positive. But there was also a smaller, private reception inside the White House — one that did not include wearing masks and did not include social distancing. After the public event, dozens of attendees gathered inside the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room and the adjoining hallway. The reception lasted between 30 and 45 minutes, one source with knowledge of the event told CNN.CNN is told the attendees did not wear masks, and pictures of the event show no social distancing. (Bash and Bohn, 10/4)

Contract tracing continues for his fundraising event in Bedminster, New Jersey —


AP:
NJ Officials Contact 206 People At Trump Event At Bedminster


State health officials in New Jersey have contacted more than 200 people who attended a campaign fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster on Thursday, hours before the president announced he had COVID-19, as they try to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Somerset County officials were meanwhile contacting employees who worked the event, most of whom live in the county. In a joint statement issued Sunday, the officials asked guests and employees to monitor their symptoms and, if they were close to President Trump or his staff, to quarantine for 14 days. (Dale, 10/4)

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