Trump Suggests He May Have Been Infected With The Coronavirus By Gold Star Families

Topline

President Donald Trump implied Thursday he might have been infected with the coronavirus during a Gold Star families event honoring fallen U.S. soldiers held the day after the Rose Garden ceremony officially nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, which some believe to be ground zero for the throng of Covid-19 cases surrounding the White House.

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Key Facts

Trump, during a Thursday morning interview on Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria, said he “figured there could be a chance” he’d get infected with the coronavirus while meeting with the Gold Star Families.

He said the Gold Star Families often “come within an inch of my face,” and want to tell him stories about their sons and daughter who were killed in the line of duty, “and, frankly, I’m not telling them to back up. I’m not doing it.”

However, the White House reportedly reached out to The Greatest Generations Foundation, the veterans charity that sponsored the event, on October 2, just after Trump announced his Covid-19 diagnosis, to warn them about potential exposure to the virus during the event.

“The White House has been in daily contact with TGGF for contact-tracing purposes after alerting us on 10/2 of a possible COVID-positive person at the event so we could know there was a potential our attendees were exposed,” said the Greatest Generations Foundation’s President and CEO Timothy Davis told The Daily Beast.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray tested positive for the coronavirus, days after attending the event alongside Trump, Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and some of the military’s top generals and admirals, many of whom are self-quarantining and working from home.

Key Background

The Gold Star event was just one of the many Trump attended after the Rose Garden ceremony, which some observers believe could be the source of the White House Covid-19 outbreak. Similar to the Rose Garden Ceremony, few who attended the Gold Star Families event, which was held indoors in the East Room of the White House, wore masks or observed social distancing guidelines, according to photos of the event published by the Daily Beast

Crucial Quote

All the attendees invited to the Gold Star Family event were tested by the White House medical team before entering the White House, and had tested negative for the coronavirus, Davis told Forbes, and “considering it has been 12-days since the event, all Gold Star Family [members] are all doing well and exhibit no symptoms of COVID-19.”

Further Reading

The Complete Trump Covid-19 Timeline: What We Know About The President’s Diagnosis—And What We Don’t (Forbes)

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