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Chris Christie Latest Victim of White House COVID19 Outbreak

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is just the latest Donald Trump crony to be diagnosed with the coronavirus after spending time with Trump in closed quarters to prepare for the first Presidential Debate. At least nine current and former White House employees have tested positive for the virus as Trump remains hospitalized and under observation at Walter Reed Hospital. Trump’s debate prep team was also comprised of Conway, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Hope Hicks; all have tested positive for the virus. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani also participated but had not been tested as of Saturday morning despite his exposure.

The nation is still reeling from Trump’s revelation late Thursday night that he was positive for the virus he had been downplaying, along with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump. The mystery around his diagnosis continued Friday when he was medivacked to Walter Reed Hospital on Marine One. Details regarding his status are murky, with his personal doctor keeping details to a minimum.

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Most of the positive cases are being traced to the event held at the Rose Garden on Saturday, September 26, officially introducing Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The mostly maskless ceremony has been dubbed a superspreader event in the wake of so many new positive diagnoses.

 

As of Saturday morning, the complete list of known members of the GOP with a positive COVID status:

Donald Trump
Melania Trump
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Kellyanne Conway
Sen Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Sen Thom Tillis of North Carolina
Hope Hicks
Rep Mike Lee of Utah
Bill Stepien of the Trump Campaign
Chris Christie

 



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