Before the most recent cases of coronavirus linked to the White House, at least 28 Trump administration and campaign officials had tested positive for Covid-19 in late September and early October.
They include Trump himself, first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, White House adviser Hope Hicks, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, campaign manager Bill Stepien and aide Stephen Miller.
At least 14 of those infected this fall attended the Sept. 26 event at the White House Rose Garden for Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump and top officials in his administration have been harshly criticized for their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which currently is seeing more than 120,000 new cases per day in the United States. There have been more than 10.3 million coronavirus cases reported in the United States this year, with more than 240,000 deaths attributed to the virus.
Trump earlier this year predicted the virus would suddenly disappear one day, “like a miracle.”
Since last winter, he has downplayed the severity of the virus, called for reopenings of businesses and schools even as the virus continues spreading and floated absurd suggestions for fighting the virus, including putting light inside a person’s body or injecting them with disinfectant.
— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths attributed to the virus in the United States this year.