Barr tests negative for COVID-19

Barr tests negative for COVID-19
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Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday morning, hours after President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden picks up where she left off The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Former first lady launches 'Office of Melania Trump' MORE announced they tested positive for the virus, a Department of Justice spokesperson told MSNBC.

Barr was tested “out of an abundance of caution,” though he hadn’t been in the same room as Trump since Saturday, at a reception for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court. 

Other key administration officials such as Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinOn The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Mnuchin expected to launch investment fund seeking backing from Persian Gulf region: report Larry Kudlow debuts to big ratings on Fox Business Network MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS intel: Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing Golden statue of Trump at CPAC ridiculed online Five things to watch at CPAC MORE and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have also tested negative. 


New of the Trumps' coronavirus diagnosis came just hours after reports of a positive test for longtime Trump aide 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.

The first couple indicated that they are "feeling good" and will quarantine, though the White House confirmed Friday morning that they are experiencing mild symptoms. 

Hicks and Trump recently traveled to New Jersey and Minnesota for campaign events. 

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump to attend private RNC donor retreat Juan Williams: The GOP is a party without ideas RNC launches 'Committee on Election Integrity' MORE also tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday but did not reveal the diagnosis until Friday.