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Who in President Trump’s inner circle has tested positive for COVID-19? Here’s a breakdown

A number of people in President Trump's orbit have tested positive for COVID-19. Top row, from left: Trump, Melania Trump, Kellyanne Conway. Middle row, from left: Hope Hicks, Chris Christie, Kayleigh McEnany. Bottom row, from left: Stephen Miller, Bill Stepien, Senator Mike Lee.Globe Wire Services

After President Trump announced he and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus, multiple people who spent time with the president at the White House or on the campaign trail have said they received positive test results.

The latest person to say he is positive for COVID-19 is Stephen Miller, who announced the diagnosis on Oct. 6.

At least nine people who have announced positive diagnoses attended a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26, when Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his choice to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. Those who attended sat in close quarters, and most were not wearing masks.


Multiple people who have recently met with the president have announced they tested negative for COVID-19, but it can take several days for someone who has been exposed to the virus to feel symptoms or test positive.

Here’s a list of the president’s associates who have tested positive for COVID-19.

President Trump and Melania Trump

In an early Friday, Oct. 2 tweet, the president announced he and Melania had tested positive for the virus. The president, who was experiencing what aides said was coughing, congestion, and fever, was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday as a precaution.

The president, who is 74, was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from Friday until Monday, Oct. 5. The White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said Tuesday Trump was experiencing “no symptoms” of COVID-19, though he cautioned Monday the president was not “out of the woods.” Over the course of his treatment, the president has twice received oxygen, Conley has said, and on Saturday, Oct. 3, Trump started taking dexamethasone, a steroid. The president was also given an experimental drug from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and is getting a five-day course of the antiviral drug Remdesivir.


The president had a busy schedule in the days leading up to his Friday announcement, having traveled to multiple different states for various events.

On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 26, after the event at the Rose Garden, he traveled to Middletown, Pa., for a campaign rally. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, he flew to Cleveland with Melania, Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and members of his staff, including Hicks, to participate in the first presidential debate with former vice president Joe Biden, and on Wednesday, Sept. 30, he went to multiple events in Minnesota, before going to Bedminster, N.J., for a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Melania Trump, who is 50, was experiencing a mild cough and headache.

Hope Hicks

Hope Hicks, a senior aide to the president, traveled with him on Air Force One and Marine One multiple times this past week. Hicks reported feeling symptoms of the virus during a trip with the president to a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and tested positive on Thursday, Oct. 1, according to the Washington Post. She self-isolated while on the flight back to Washington, D.C., after the rally Wednesday night.

Hope Hicks, left, Jared Kushner, center, and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, right, walked toward Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Wednesday.Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Ronna McDaniel

McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, announced Friday she had tested positive for COVID-19, and the New York Times reported she is experiencing mild symptoms.

McDaniel was last with the president last Friday, according to the Times, and got her positive test result on Wednesday. She has been at her home in Michigan since then.


Republican Senator Mike Lee

The Utah senator and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Twitter Friday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus after “experiencing symptoms consistent with allergies” and getting tested.

The senator said he tested negative when he visited the White House Saturday to attend the Rose Garden event. He will isolate for the next 10 days and “be back to work in time to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett," he said in the statement.

Sen. Mike Lee stepped out of the West Wing to watch as President Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, on Sept. 25.Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Republican Senator Thom Tillis

The North Carolina senator, who is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Friday night he tested positive for COVID-19.

His rapid antigen test showed that he is infected, but he does not have any symptoms and is “feeling well,” the statement said.

Tillis said his coronavirus test came back negative at the White House where he attended the Supreme Court nomination ceremony on Sept. 26. He was wearing a mask at the event.

Rev. John Jenkins

The president of Notre Dame announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He sought a test after learning a colleague he had been in contact with had tested positive.

Jenkins attended the White House ceremony where Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court. He was seen shaking hands with others at the event and not wearing a mask. He later sent a letter to the school community apologizing for his actions.


About 18 faculty members at the university who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the event had been tested for the virus Friday and were awaiting their results. All of them were tested earlier last week before attending the ceremony and none tested positive at the time, the Washington Post reported.

Faculty and students at the South Bend, Ind., campus have expressed concerns that those who went to the White House ceremony could potentially bring the virus back to campus and expose students and staff, according to the Post.

Kellyanne Conway

Trump’s former adviser said late Friday night that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

Conway said on Twitter she has a “light cough” and is “feeling fine,” adding that she has begun quarantining in consultation with physicians.

Conway was not wearing a mask when she attended the Sept. 26 Rose Garden announcement.

Attorney General William Barr spoke with Kellyanne Conway at the Rose Garden ceremony on Sept. 26.OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

Bill Stepien

Trump’s campaign manager tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, a campaign spokesman said.

The 42-year-old is experiencing mild flu-like symptoms, Politico reported.

Stepien traveled on Air Force One with the president and Hicks to Cleveland for Tuesday’s debate. He was also with the president in the White House on Monday, according to Politico.

After Hicks tested positive on Thursday, members of the reelection campaign were tested for the virus. Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, tested negative, along with others, and Clark will oversee the campaign’s headquarters while Stepien recovers, Politico reported.


Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said Saturday he tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the third Republican senator to report a positive diagnosis.

Johnson’s office said he had been exposed last month to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and quarantined for 14 days. He tested negative twice during that time. He went back to Washington on Sept. 29 and said he was exposed sometime after that to a person who tested positive. Johnson said he was tested Friday afternoon after learning of the exposure.

He feels healthy and doesn’t have symptoms, he added, and plans to isolate until he is cleared by his doctor.

Chris Christie

Presidential aide and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19, adding to those who attended the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony to announce a positive test result.

Christie said on Twitter Saturday evening he decided to enter Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey as a “precautionary measure” due to his history of asthma. He added that he is experiencing “mild symptoms” and is “feeling good.”

Christie had said the last time he was with Trump was last Tuesday when he helped prepare the president to debate Biden. Before the debate, he had tested negative, Christie said on Twitter Friday morning.

In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Christie said “no one was wearing masks in the room when we were prepping the president during that period of time,” and about five or six people were in the room.

Christie was seen at the Rose Garden event last weekend without a mask, hugging and closely speaking to others. He also attended a White House press briefing, along with Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the day after the ceremony on Sunday Sept. 27.

Christie, front second from right, spoke with others after the president's announcement on Sept. 26. Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, who has also tested positive for the coronavirus, stands at back right. Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Nick Luna

One of the president’s personal assistants, Nick Luna, tested positive after he traveled with Trump multiple times in the week before the president tested positive, according to multiple outlets.

Luna’s positive test result came to light on Saturday, Oct. 3, a little more than 24 hours after Trump entered a military hospital to be treated for his own COVID-19 infection. Luna’s positive diagnosis was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Luna is married to Cassidy Dumbauld, an aide to Jared Kushner.

Luna, who runs Oval Office operations for the White House, went to Cleveland with Trump for the presidential debate on Sept. 29 and was also on Air Force One the next day on the trip to Minnesota when Hicks first began experiencing symptoms.

Luna had planned to go with Trump on Thursday, Oct. 1, to a fundraiser at the president’s golf course in New Jersey, but stayed behind because he had been in close contact with Hicks.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday, Oct. 5, she had tested positive for the coronavirus, making her the most recent person to attend the Sept. 26 White House event to receive a positive diagnosis.

McEnany said in a statement posted to Twitter that she tested positive Monday morning “while experiencing no symptoms.”

“With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely,” the statement said.

McEnany was also pulled from the Oct. 1 trip to New Jersey, according to the Post.

One day before announcing her positive test result, McEnany briefed reporters without wearing a mask on Sunday, Oct. 4.

McEnany talked to reporters on Oct. 4 outside the White House.Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

In addition to McEnany, four assistant press secretaries, Karoline Leavitt, Chad Gilmartin, Harrison W. Fields, and Jalen Drummond have contracted the virus, according to the New York Times.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the president, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Over the last five days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday,” Mr. Miller said in a statement cited by the Times. “Today, I tested positive for Covid-19 and am in quarantine.”

His wife, Katie Miller, who is an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, contracted COVID-19 in May, but has since recovered.

Three White House journalists test positive

In addition to those who work closely with Trump, whether from the White House or his campaign’s headquarters, three journalists who cover him received positive test results Friday.

One of the journalists, who was not identified, was at the Rose Garden event on Sept. 26. He also rode in the press pool van that followed Trump as he played golf on Sunday, according to the White House Correspondents' Association. He began to experience symptoms on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post.

Another journalist covered the White House press briefing on Sunday, Sept. 30, and tested positive on Friday, Oct. 2, the Post reported.

Michael Shear of the New York Times is one of the journalists who has tested positive. Shear told the Post he went to the White House on Saturday but did not cover the Rose Garden ceremony. Shear traveled to Pennsylvania on Air Force One with the president that night to cover Trump’s rally. He told the Post the president briefly spoke to reporters in an off-the-record conversation on the plane on the way back to Washington, and the president was not wearing a mask.

Who has tested negative?

Multiple people who have been in contact with the president have said they received negative test results. However, it can take multiple days for someone who has been exposed to the virus to test positive.

Here’s a list of people who have tested negative since the president announced his diagnosis on Friday:

  • Mike Pence, the vice president, and his wife, Karen
  • Joe Biden, the former vice president and Democratic nominee for president, and his wife, Jill
  • Kamala Harris, California senator and Democratic nominee for vice president
  • William Barr, the attorney general of the United States
  • Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House
  • Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff
  • Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court nominee
  • Steve Mnuchin, treasury secretary
  • Mike Pompeo, secretary of state
  • Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser
  • Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator
  • Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer

Material from the Globe’s wire services was used in this report. Lauren Booker, Globe staff, also contributed to this report.

Amanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com. Follow her @amandakauf1.