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Barr tests negative for COVID-19

Barr tests negative for COVID-19
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Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day Redeeming justice: the next attorney general MORE tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday morning, hours after 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 and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony 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 Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report MORE and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have also tested negative. 

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New of the Trumps' coronavirus diagnosis came just hours after reports of a positive test for longtime Trump aide Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 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 McDanielMichigan certifies Biden victory in another blow to Trump Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday GOP chairwoman leans into election claims: Party will 'run down every single irregularity' MORE also tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday but did not reveal the diagnosis until Friday.