Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Tests COVID-19 Negative After Being At Super-Spreader White House Event
President DonaldTrump‘s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Barrett is tested daily, and her Friday test came back negative. The Supreme Court nominee was last with the president on Saturday, and Deere said she has been following social distancing guidelines.
“She is following CDC guidance and best practices, including social distancing, wearing face coverings and frequently washes hands,” Deere said.
Barrett had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this year.
On Friday, the president tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Trump’s diagnosis raised questions about the possibility of Barrett contracting the virus, but Barrett, along with Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, both of whom she had met with on Tuesday, have not tested positive. Barrett has also met with about 30 senators this week in one-on-one meetings.
Republican officials said that Trump’s positive diagnosis has not interfered with their plans to confirm Barrett to the supreme court.
“We can move forward. Our biggest enemy obviously is … the coronavirus, keeping everybody healthy and well and in place to do our job,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Hugh Hewitt in a radio interview on Friday. “We don’t anticipate any kind of unanticipated event that could throw us off schedule.”
The confirmation hearing is set to begin on October 12, and the judiciary committee has planned to vote to send her full nomination to the floor on October 22.