Trump campaign manager tests positive for COVID-19

President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE's campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the campaign confirmed.

Stepien is the latest official close to Trump to contract the virus, and his diagnosis came the same day the president, the first lady and several others who were around the president this week also tested positive.

Stepien, 42, is experiencing mild flu-like symptoms, the campaign said, and has gone into quarantine. He is expected to continue working from home. 


The president's campaign manager flew on Air Force One with Trump and a coterie of other aides to the presidential debate on Tuesday. He was spotted getting into a van with White House 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, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Stepien's positive test reflects just how quickly and how far the highly contagious virus spread among the president's top aides. Others who traveled with the president included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), senior campaign adviser Jason Miller, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump ex-chief says Senate vote signals impeachment effort 'dead on arrival' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Trump leaves White House, promises to be back in 'some form' MORE and former New York City mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMy Pillow CEO banned by Twitter The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires Dominion Voting Systems files .3B defamation suit against Giuliani MORE. All either tested negative on Friday or were awaiting results.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel also tested positive this week, though it was not publicized until Friday.

Stepien's diagnosis is a blow to a campaign that was already facing an uphill battle in the final 30 days until Election Day. Trump is trailing Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE in national polls, and in polls in key swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The race is extremely close in places like Florida and North Carolina, which are critical to Trump's reelection chances.

The president, who was taken to Walter Reed hospital earlier Friday, will be sidelined from the campaign trail while he recovers from coronavirus, eliminating the large rallies that have traditionally been a boon to voter enthusiasm but that have come under scrutiny amid the pandemic.


The Trump campaign announced Friday it would postpone all of the president’s scheduled trips or move them to virtual platforms. Previously planned events with Trump's children, who are high-profile surrogates for the campaign, have also been postponed.

Vice President Pence, who tested negative for the coronavirus, will continue campaigning, and other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

--Updated Oct. 3 at 12:17 a.m.