Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett tests negative for coronavirus

Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett tests negative for coronavirus
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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's Supreme Court pick, has tested negative for the coronavirus, the White House said Friday.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Barrett, who was last with the president on Saturday, is tested on a daily basis and her Friday test was negative. He added that she has been adhering to COVID-19 guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"She is following CDC guidance and best practices, including social distancing, wearing face coverings and frequently washes hands," Deere said.


Trump and the first lady tweeted early Friday morning that they had both tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump's diagnosis raised automatic questions about Barrett, who had been in close proximity with the president on Saturday and was with Vice President Pence and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE on Tuesday. Pence and Meadows have both tested negative, the White House said Friday.

Barrett has also been in the Capitol this week meeting individually with roughly 30 Republican senators. Those meetings are expected to resume next week.

Top Republicans said Friday that Trump's positive test results would not change their schedule for Barrett's hearing.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLet's give thanks to Republican defenders of Democracy Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight MORE (R-S.C.) said in South Carolina that her nomination was "on track." A GOP aide said there are no changes to the plan to start her confirmation hearing on Oct. 12. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote to send her full nomination to the floor on Oct. 22.

"We can move forward. Our biggest enemy obviously is ... the coronavirus, keeping everybody healthy and well and in place to do our job," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday. "We don’t anticipate any kind of unanticipated event that could throw us off schedule."