Steakhouse staff under quarantine after possible COVID-19 exposure at Trump fundraising event
Thirteen steakhouse staffers in Minnesota are now quarantining just days after catering President Donald Trump's fundraiser following his campaign rally in Duluth.
The fundraising event, catered by Murray's Restaurant in Minneapolis, was held at the home of Cambria CEO Marty Davis. According to AP News, approximately 40 wealthy donors paid $100,000 per person or $200,000 per couple to attend the fundraiser and meet the president. All funds were donated in support of Trump's re-election.
The restaurant released a statement addressing the issue. Although the restaurant insists "at no point did any staff come in close proximity to the president," staffers who catered the event will be quarantining as a precaution due to the president's positive COVID-19 test.
"Upon learning of the president's positive COVID-19 test, we immediately enacted a 14-day quarantine for all staff who worked the party. Additionally, each staff member who worked the party will be tested for COVID-19," the restaurant said, according to the publication.
The latest news comes amid Trump's media firestorm due to his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The president is not only facing scrutiny for how he has handled the virus nationally, but also how he has handled his own positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The timeline of Trump's diagnosis has also taken centerstage due to the questionable timing of his first COVID test. Although it has been confirmed that Trump was tested on Thursday of last week, it remains unclear when the president received his first positive COVID test result.
The White House has also been pressed to provide a date for the president's last negative test, but to no avail. Over the weekend, the president was repeatedly criticized for his recklessness, repeated attempts to downplay the virus, and his blatant lack of regard for the well being of those around him.
Since the president's positive COVID-19 status was confirmed he has repeatedly endangered members of his staff for the purpose of public optics. Over the last four days, more than 10 people who were in close proximity with the president have tested positive for COVID-19.