President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 HicksThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records UPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause 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 MeadowsJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid MORE, White House communications director Alyssa Farah, chief of staff to the vice president Marc Short, Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Dems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border MORE (R-Mo.), Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) and Ben SasseBen SassePresident of newly recognized union for adult performers boosts membership Romney blasts Biden over those left in Afghanistan: 'Bring them home' Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal MORE (R-Neb.), Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonHouse passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit Democrats to nix B for Israel's Iron Dome from bill to avert shutdown Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (R-La.) and Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne Ingraham90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive Texas lt. governor faces backlash after claiming unvaccinated African Americans responsible for COVID-19 surge Fox News requires employees to provide vaccination status 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 GiulianiAlabama official dismisses Lindell claim that 100K votes were flipped from Trump to Biden: 'It's not possible' Adam Laxalt to be called to testify in trial of Giuliani associate Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits 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 BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill 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 TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Trump Tower debt added to watch list as vacancies rise House panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Trump unhappy with Guilfoyle backing Greitens: report Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri MORE, Eric TrumpEric TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Eric Trump to speak at conference led by prominent anti-vaxxers MORE and Lara TrumpLara TrumpPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' 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) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation 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.