At least seven people who attended event for Trump’s supreme court nominee have confirmed they have coronavirusA crowded Rose Garden ceremony last Saturday at which Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee has come under scrutiny after at least seven figures in attendance tested positive for coronavirus, including the president himself.On Friday, the president’s former counsellor, Kellyanne Conway, announced she had tested positive and had “mild” symptoms. Continue reading...
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Summary List Placement US Marine Corps Gen. Gary Thomas, the assistant commandant of the service, has...Summary List Placement US Marine Corps Gen. Gary Thomas, the assistant commandant of the service, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Marine Corps said in a statement. Thomas, the second-highest-ranking commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, has been in quarantine since Tuesday "out of an abundance of caution following notification of close contact with a person who later tested positive," the service said. The Marine Corps added that the four-star general is experiencing "mild symptoms, but otherwise is feeling well." Thomas met with other military leaders in a conference room at the Pentagon on Friday, which is being viewed as the source of the virus, Politico reported. Senior military leaders previously attended an event hosted by a charity organization for the families of fallen service members on September 27. The Gold Star family ceremony at the White House was attended by dozens of senior officials, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray. Trump and Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, tested for the coronavirus. Trump was announced to have been tested positive on Friday, October 2. Ray tested positive on Monday, October 5. Ray is quarantining for 14 days. Other senior officials who attended the event announced they would be quarantining, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley; Vice Chairman Gen. John Hyten; Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville; and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday. The event came one day after another White House-hosted ceremony in honor of Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney to the Supreme Court. Since the September 26 event, which was hosted both outdoors and inside the White House basement, a number of officials aside from Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, including First Lady Melania Trump; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; and Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Thom Tillis.Join the conversation about this story »
Summary List Placement Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her husband tested positive for coronavirus this late...Summary List Placement Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her husband tested positive for coronavirus this late summer but have since recovered, according to reports from CNN and the Washington Post. Both outlets cited three sources familiar with her diagnosis, and CNN reported that Barrett's husband Jesse was asymptomatic while she felt "a little under the weather but recovered," one source told CNN. Deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told the Post that the Supreme Court nominee is now tested daily. After President Donald Trump and the first lady announced Friday that they tested positive for the coronavirus, a White House spokesperson confirmed that Barett tested negative. White House spokesperson Judd Deere did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. This news comes as a number of high profile figures have tested positive for coronavirus since attending Saturday's event where the president announced Barrett as his nominee to the court. At least eight people, including the president, the first lady, Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Mike Lee, and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway have reported testing positive for the virus since the event. Barett has been teaching in-person at the University of Notre Dame this semester. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told Business Insider in a statement that she taught one course this semester starting on August 1o until her nomination. The new coronavirus cases across Congress and close to the White House have raised additional questions about the process to confirm a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that it would be "irresponsible and dangerous" to proceed with a hearing on the president's SCOTUS pick Barrett, noting that two members on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Sens. Tillis and Lee, have tested positive. However, Republican senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the hearings would happen "very soon" even after the president's announcement that he tested positive for coronavirus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to become a backup dancer for Beyoncé
Klobuchar denies claims that Democrats are 'using' Senate coronavirus outbreak to delay SCOTUS confirmation hearing
Summary List PlacementIn an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar...Summary List PlacementIn an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar pushed back on suggestions that Democrats are trying to "use" the coronavirus outbreak among key Republican senators as a reason to delay the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Wallace asked Klobuchar "are democrats going to try to use this as a way to delay the confirmation hearing and the confirmation vote on Judge Barett?" "It's not a matter of using it, Chris, it happened," Klobuchar said. Republican senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, who are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The two were present at the Rose Garden event where the president, who announced his diagnosis of coronavirus on early Friday, announced his nomination of Barrett for the Supreme Court. The two senators are both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have denounced the idea of moving forward with the hearings given the outbreak. Meanwhile, while the Senate has gone into recess until Oct. 19 in wake of three Republican lawmakers testing positive for coronavirus, Senate Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham are adamant about proceeding with Barrett's hearings in the intended date of Oct. 12. "There were a number of other ones that were at the Rose Garden, they have a lunch together where they don't have masks," Klobuchar said of GOP lawmakers. "It's very possible that we're going to have more senators, more staff, so I don't know why you would ram through the Supreme Court hearing, put people in danger, because it would be within that two week period while you have shut down the whole Senate." "Why can't you question Judge Barrett virtually?" Wallace pressed. Klobuchar said that while she "doesn't mean the virtual option wouldn't be available," she believed an in-person hearing was important for a hearing for "the highest court of the land." The Senate has held hearings virtually during the pandemic, including when Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. But the virtual Senate hearing was not without its problems: Delaware Democratic Senator Tom Carper was heard cursing when he thought he was on mute while trying to figure out the videoconferencing system. Watch my interview with Chris Wallace this morning -- we talked about the President's health, @JoeBiden's leadership, the coronavirus response, and the Supreme Court. And I didn't interrupt him once! pic.twitter.com/DD6QlT88wk — Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) October 4, 2020 Read more: The coronavirus infects the Supreme Court hearing as 2 Senate Judiciary Committee senators test positive for COVID-19 and Chuck Schumer calls for a halt Utah Sen. Mike Lee tests positive for coronavirus 5 days after he went around hugging people without a mask at a packed White House event GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, who visited the White House over the weekend, tested positive for COVID-19 Republicans seek to call off Senate work, but not hearings for Amy Coney Barrett Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown