Here's a list of White House officials who've been exposed to Trump -- and will need to quarantine
President Donald Trump testing positive for coronavirus has caused quite a shake-up in the White House as several officials and staff members will now be forced to quarantine in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus.
As reports began circulating about Trump's White House advisor Hope Hicks testing positive, concerns were raised about the president and all of the other people who could have possibly contracted coronavirus after being in close proximity with Hicks. Not long after Hicks' results were made public, it was confirmed that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had also tested positive.
On Tuesday, several members of Trump's administration traveled with him and Hicks to Cleveland, Ohio for the first presidential debate. During the event, Hicks and multiple members of Trump's family were seen in close proximity of each other without masks.
Then, on Wednesday, the president, Hicks White House aides, and several members of the president's re-election campaign team flew on Air Force One to Minnesota for his rally.
Now, contact tracing efforts are being made to determine who needs to quarantine and several officials and lawmakers likely fall into that category.
Here's a list of the those, in question:
- Jared Kushner: As Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Kushner often works closely with the president. He was also seen boarding Marine One on Wednesday with Hicks and other White House aides who traveled to Minnesota.
- Ivanka Trump: Kushner's wife, the president's
- Other Members of the Trump Family: Donald Trump Jr., his girlfriend Kim Guilfoyle, Tiffany Trump, and Eric Trump were seen in attendance at the presidential debate. They sat with the first lady and were all in close proximity of Hicks. However, most of Trump's family were not seen wearing masks. In fact, Fox News host and debate moderator Chris Wallace criticized the president's family for their failure to wear masks during the political event.
- Mark Meadows: The White House Chief of Staff typically works closely with the president. He also traveled with Hicks, Kushner and others.
- White House Aides: Stephen Miller, Jason Miller, and Dan Scavino also traveled with the president and Hicks onboard Marine One. Prior to boarding the plane, they were also seen in close proximity walking toward the aircraft without masks.
- Robert O'Brien: The president's National Security Advisor was also onboard Marine One with Hicks and several others. Like Kushner and the White House aides, he was not seen wearing a mask.
- Bill Stepien: As Trump's recently-appointed campaign manager, Stepien also traveled with White House staff to Minnesota.
- Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court Justice Nominee: Multiple times this week, Barrett visited the White House and met with the president earlier this week.
Contact tracing efforts come just hours after the president took to Twitter to confirm that he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus.
He tweeted, "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.… https://t.co/CIIB2LDQtr— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1601614446.0
Trump's positive test results have sparked a media firestorm due to his repeated attempts to downplay the severity of the virus. As of Friday morning, the president is reportedly exhibiting mild symptoms of the coronavirus.