3 congressmen on Air Force One with Trump took commercial flight after president's diagnosis

Three Minnesota congressmen who flew on Air Force One with Trump boarded a commercial flight after President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE tested positive for COVID-19.

Minnesota Republican Reps. Pete StauberPeter (Pete) Allen Stauber3 congressmen on Air Force One with Trump took commercial flight after president's diagnosis Trump, Biden vie for Minnesota Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber glides to victory in GOP primary MORE, Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerGOP at crossroads after Capitol siege Wave of companies cut off donations — much of it to GOP California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success MORE, and Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Hagedorn holds onto Minnesota House seat Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night MORE were on the same Delta Air Lines flight Friday, two days after they flew with the president aboard Air Force One, The Star Tribune reported.

Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump bids farewell to Be Best in new video Garth Brooks, Joan Baez among this year's Kennedy Center honorees Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots MORE tested positive for COVID-19.


Delta imposes strict measures disallowing passengers who were recently exposed to COVID-19 to board flights. Passengers with knowledge they have been exposed to coronavirus in the past 14 days are prohibited from travel as well. 

The airline defines exposure as face-to-face contact with someone infected with the virus or sustained contact for over 15 minutes fewer than six feet apart.

Chairman of the state Democratic Party, Ken Martin, said the representatives put other passengers' health at risk.

Hagedorn called the Star Tribune's reporting on the incident "fake news," saying the "whole episode was a politically-motivated setup, with TV cameras waiting for us upon arrival at [Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport]."

"According to CDC guidelines and Delta's policy, Congressmen Emmer, Stauber, and I followed the rules," Hagedorn wrote on social media Friday, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We were not exposed to COVID ... and we were tested and received 'negative' results prior to flying home."

Hagedorn said he and the two other representatives were cleared to fly by the attending physician of the U.S. Congress.

In response to an inquiry from The Hill,  Delta confirmed safety measures regarding the coronavirus and said that the three representatives met the company's standards, or else "customers would not have been able to depart on the flight."

"In this case, our medical partners at Stat-MD conducted additional screening measures including assessing symptoms, distance and time spent with someone who tests positive, and whether the individual has been asked by a health official to quarantine," the company added. 

Updated to 6:10 p.m.