Trump’s SCOTUS pick announcement suspected as coronavirus super-spreader event

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The Rose Garden event announcing Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could be ground zero of the outbreak that has rocked the Republican Party

Last Saturday’s White House ceremony in which President Donald Trump named Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat is increasingly looking like a COVID-19 super-spreader event.

Hardly any of the guests at the Rose Garden ceremony were wearing masks or social distancing, and many were observed hugging and fist-bumping. Since that time, at least eight attendees, including Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Sens. Mike Lee, Thom Tillis and Ron Johnson, Trump aides Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, and University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins have tested positive for the disease.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Additionally, a Trump administration press staffer and a journalist have also tested positive, but are unidentified to date.

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