October 2: Trump's Covid diagnosis

By Veronica Rocha, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 12:44 a.m. ET, October 3, 2020
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12:06 a.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien tests positive for coronavirus 

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

In this August 28 file photo, Campaign manager Bill Stepien stands alongside US President Donald Trump as he speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One.
In this August 28 file photo, Campaign manager Bill Stepien stands alongside US President Donald Trump as he speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A senior official has confirmed to CNN that Bill Stepien, President Trump's campaign manager, tested positive for the coronavirus.

He will work from home, the official said. 

In the past day, a number of other officials close to the President have also tested positive, including former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

12:03 a.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump's physician: President is "doing very well" and has been given Remdesivir

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tweeted an update from the President's physician.

The update reads:

“This afternoon, in consultation with specialists from Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins University, I recommended movement of the President up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further monitoring. This evening I’m happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He was completed his first does and is resting comfortably.

Remdesivir is an antiviral drug, developed by Gilead Sciences.

Earlier Friday, the physician announced that Trump was also taking the experimental Regeneron antibody cocktail.

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11:58 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump tweets from Walter Reed: "Going well, I think!"

From CNN's Aaron Pellish 

President Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time since arriving in hospital to be treated for Covid-19, saying, “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!“ 

Trump sent the tweet from inside Walter Reed Military Hospital, where he was admitted earlier today.

The President has had a fever since this morning, according to a source. Trump's physician confirmed that he has received a dose of the experimental Regeneron treatment.

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11:37 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Lindsey Graham: SCOTUS hearings and committee vote to proceed as scheduled

From CNN's Manu Raju

The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and committee vote are moving forward as planned, according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham -- despite two Republicans on his committee testing positive for Covid-19.

The hearings are scheduled for October 12. The vote is scheduled for October 22.

Sens. Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, who both attended Trump's nomination ceremony for Barrett last weekend, confirmed they tested positive on Friday.

The hearings and vote will go ahead: Graham said he expects the two senators to be back in time for the committee vote. The concern is if Democrats boycott the committee vote, the GOP may not have a quorum for that vote if both senators are absent. The committee rules require a majority of members on the panel to be present for a quorum.

Graham said he also needs the two senators to be back by October 15, when the committee will begin its debate of the nomination after the hearings are done.

But even if they don’t have a quorum, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can always advance the nomination to the floor under the rules. 

How this could affect the vote: Either Tillis or Lee would be needed for a successful confirmation vote since the GOP can only afford to lose three votes on the floor and are already likely to lose two: Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

The October 12 hearings could still take place with the two absent. Graham said the two senators could participate virtually at the hearing.

11:18 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Eric and Lara Trump test negative for Covid-19

From CNN's Kate Bennett

Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump address the crowd at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.
Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump address the crowd at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20. Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's son Eric and his wife Lara have both tested negative for the coronavirus, according to a statement from their spokesperson that was posted by Lara on her Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

Both are in New York City, according to a source familiar with the situation.

11:09 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Attendees at Trump's fundraiser in New Jersey didn't wear masks and took photos with him

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy

On Thursday, President Trump flew to New Jersey for a fundraiser -- with the White House already aware of Hope Hicks' diagnosis.

In New Jersey, Trump attended three events: an indoor roundtable, an indoor VIP reception and an outdoor reception, according to an event invitation obtained by CNN. 

Attendees took photos with Trump: Attendees from Texas said they were tested for coronavirus before arriving at the VIP reception, where they took their photo with the President. They said each individually conversed with Trump for less than a minute while the photo was taken, and maintained six feet of distance.

Attendees at the VIP reception did not wear masks, they said, but event staff did.

The roundtable attended by the President was for the fundraisers’ biggest donors, according to the invitation. 

Both indoors and outdoors: CNN has previously reported, citing two different sources, that the roundtable included 18 attendees, was held indoors at socially distanced tables, and no one wore masks.

One source also said those at the roundtable were tested ahead of time. 

The outdoor reception was open to all donors. Katherine Hermes told CNN that Trump stood at a podium, socially distant from the attendees, and held a question-and-answer session.

She and the Texas attendees say they were kept in two groups, separated by barricades.

The group closer to the President had been tested for coronavirus. Hermes' group, which was present for the outdoor reception, only received temperature checks and was kept further away.

The two groups didn't mingle and most attendees were not wearing masks, according to Hermes and the Texas attendees.

11:17 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Kellyanne Conway confirms she has tested positive for Covid-19

William Barr speaks with Kellyanne Conway at the Rose Garden ceremony where President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court on September 26.
William Barr speaks with Kellyanne Conway at the Rose Garden ceremony where President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court on September 26. Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway has tested positive for coronavirus, the former White House counselor  tweeted on Friday.

She is latest attendee of President Trump’s event announcing the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett last Saturday to test positive.

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, and Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins also attended the event, and all have since tested positive.

"Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians," she tweeted. "As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic."

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10:30 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Pompeo has not spoken with Trump since President's diagnosis, senior official says

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press conference with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Friday, October 2. Pompeo is in Croatia as part of his six-day trip to Southern Europe.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press conference with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Friday, October 2. Pompeo is in Croatia as part of his six-day trip to Southern Europe. Darko Bandic/Pool/AP

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has still not spoken with Donald Trump since news broke that the President tested positive for Covid-19 almost 24 hours ago, a senior State Department official told CNN. 

Pompeo spent much of the day, while he was traveling back to Washington from Croatia, focused on issues related to Trump and coronavirus, the official said.

Taking precautions: Pompeo and his team made sure that all the State Department staff who had been in contact with White House officials in recent weeks were tested for Covid-19. That list includes everyone from top State Department officials who have attended interagency meetings to lower-level protocol officials. 

Pompeo also spent time speaking with US ambassadors abroad about the situation, and urged them to take care of themselves. 

He has not sent any department-wide emails addressing the situation and has no plans to do so, the official said.  

Pompeo, who has been traveling in Europe since Sunday, did speak with Vice President Mike Pence twice on Friday, he told the pool reporters. Pompeo also told reporters he has not seen Trump in person in more than two weeks and tested negative for Covid-19 early Friday.

Pompeo's schedule: At this point, Pompeo has not cancelled any of his planned travel over the next week. 

  • On Saturday, he is scheduled to visit Florida for a conservative Christian event which is expected to be attended by 700 people. 
  • On Sunday, he is supposed to depart on a multi-national trip that includes Japan, Mongolia, and South Korea, but he told reporters that things could change.  
10:08 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Ohio governor tests negative for coronavirus

In this November 6, 2018 file photo, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives his victory speech after winning the gubernatorial race at the Ohio Republican Party's election night party at the Sheraton Capitol Square.
In this November 6, 2018 file photo, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives his victory speech after winning the gubernatorial race at the Ohio Republican Party's election night party at the Sheraton Capitol Square. Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, first lady Fran DeWine, and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted tested negative for coronavirus, according to a release from the governor's office. 

At a briefing earlier Friday, DeWine wished President Trump and first lady a "good recovery" after Trump announced he and the first lady tested positive for coronavirus.

Husted attended the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday and said he "saw almost everybody had a mask on inside the venue" from his limited vantage point. 

"To get in the debate hall you had to have a test that came back negative for the virus," everybody had to have their temperature taken, wear a mask and sit six feet apart, Husted said.

"While I know that there were a couple people there who may not have had [masks], I thought that Cleveland Clinic did a really fine job," said Husted. 

The Cleveland Clinic advised the Commission on Presidential Debates and confirmed Friday that not all individuals adhered to mask wearing requirements during Tuesday’s presidential debate.

“Individuals entering the debate hall were masked and in some cases removed their masks once seated,” the medical center said in a statement. “A Cleveland Clinic physician did offer audience members masks, but some did not adhere to the requirement.”