Trump's test sparks fears of spread: Here's who he met in last week

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE’s positive coronavirus test is raising immediate questions about the spread of the disease given his packed schedule and events with, among others, his nominee to the Supreme Court and his rival for the White House.

Just this week, Trump attended the first presidential debate, held meetings with top aides, spoke at a campaign rally and traveled to a fundraiser.

Depending on when Trump was first exposed, dozens of people may be at risk. Trump has repeatedly downplayed the risks of the virus, and he and his staff often do not wear masks. 


The White House says that Trump and those close to him are tested regularly for COVID-19. News broke late Thursday that one of his closest aides, Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, had tested positive for the virus. Trump later revealed that he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19. 

Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, tweeted that everyone near the president since Saturday should be tested to try to identify a source, and anyone near him from Tuesday on should quarantine, since Trump might have been infectious then. 

Here’s a timeline of Trump’s events from the past week.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Trump delivered a health care speech in Charlotte, N.C., in an airport hanger to about 200 guests, some of whom wore masks. He later traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to hold a campaign rally. Trump stayed overnight at his resort in Doral in Miami, Fla.

Friday, Sept. 25


Trump participated in a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable indoors at Doral in Miami.

The event had an audience of 150 people, with many in the crowd not wearing masks.

Later, Trump delivered remarks on his Black economic empowerment plan in Atlanta, Ga., to an audience of roughly 200. Most guests were not wearing masks or social distancing.

Later that evening, Trump participated in a closed-door fundraiser in Washington, D.C., and Trump held a rally in Newport News, Va. Hicks was among aides traveling with the president aboard Air Force One on the trip to Virginia. 

Saturday, Sept. 26 

The president officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett as an associate justice for the Supreme Court during a packed event in the Rose Garden where guests were gathered closely together.

Trump stood side-by-side with Barrett and her family, including her seven children. Those in the crowd included Vice President Pence, Attorney General William Barr, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump attacks Karl Rove: 'A pompous fool with bad advice' How scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses MORE, White House communications director Alyssa Farah, chief of staff to the vice president Marc Short, Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' MORE (R-Mo.), Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE (R-Ga.) and Ben SasseBen SasseSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks Republicans, please save your party MORE (R-Neb.), Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonCassidy defends vote to proceed with Trump trial after GOP backlash Cassidy calls Trump attorneys 'disorganized' after surprise vote House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (R-La.) and Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamHaley isolated after Trump fallout Tucker Carlson to produce video podcasts for Fox Nation Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 MORE

Later, Trump traveled to a rally in Middletown, Pa., where he delivered a speech to upward of 2,000 supporters outside in an airport hanger. 

Sunday, Sept. 27

Trump went to his golf course in Virginia and later held a news conference at the White House. 

The White House does not typically disclose who the president golfs with. But he was joined in the White House briefing room by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiState sanctions Ukrainian billionaire over alleged corruption Newsmax adds Andrew Giuliani as a contributor Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE. The latter two had been helping Trump prepare for the presidential debates. Roughly two dozen reporters and photographers were also in the room, wearing masks.

Monday, Sept. 28


Trump delivered a speech on the country’s coronavirus testing strategy to a sizable crowd of administration officials in the Rose Garden.

Among those in attendance were Pence, who tested negative on Friday morning; Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma; coronavirus task force member Brett Giroir; coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R). 

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Trump traveled to Cleveland with Hicks and other aides and participated in the first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE.

The president was surrounded by aides and advisers on Air Force Once en route to the debate, including McEnany, campaign manager Bill Stepien, campaign adviser Jason Miller, Christie and Giuliani.

Trump’s family also joined him for the debate: Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Former Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Disaster politics hobble Cruz, Cuomo MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden to speak with Saudi king 'soon' as pressure builds for Khashoggi report Biden to speak with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report: report Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans Noem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE, Eric TrumpEric TrumpTrump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident Trump sends well wishes to Tiger Woods after crash Scottish lawmakers want to investigate Trump purchase of golf courses MORE and Lara TrumpLara TrumpWhy Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Graham: Lara Trump is biggest winner of impeachment trial MORE were all spotted on the plane and in the debate hall.


The president then stood on stage for nearly two hours in proximity to moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE and Biden, though the podiums were several feet apart.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Trump participated in a fundraiser near Minneapolis and held a campaign rally in Duluth, Minn. Hicks traveled with the president on Air Force One and is said to have kept her distance on the return flight after not feeling well.

Other aides who joined for the trip include Kushner, McEnany, Meadows and deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Trump held a fundraiser at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., that was closed to press, hours before news breaks of Hicks’s positive case and those of Trump and the first lady.