October 3 Trump Covid-19 news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Amy Woodyatt, Fernando Alfonso III, Melissa Mahtani and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, October 4, 2020
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8:51 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

White House official says Trump got first positive result after returning from Bedminster on Thursday 

From CNN’s Jim Acosta

President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Donald Trump got his first positive coronavirus test result on Thursday after returning from Bedminster, New Jersey, according to a White House official.

That result was via a rapid test. The President then took a more thorough PCR test which also came back positive, according to the official.

He had just returned from a fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club, which went on as planned Thursday night despite the President and staff knowing he had been exposed to coronavirus.

Donors that gave $250,000 were able to participate in a roundtable, photo opportunity and reception with the President, according to the event invite. 

Three attendees told CNN that most people at the fundraiser were not wearing masks; all three say they have not been contacted by any contact tracers.

The President announced he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus roughly eight hours after leaving the fundraiser, when he was back at the White House.

8:23 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Joe Biden's campaign says they will disclose the results of every Covid-19 test he takes

From CNN's Sarah Mucha

Joe Biden waves to journalists on October 3 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Joe Biden waves to journalists on October 3 in Wilmington, Delaware. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Following Donald Trump's positive Covid-19 diagnosis, Joe Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told CNN the Biden campaign will now disclose the results of every coronavirus test the Democratic presidential nominee takes.

This comes as CNN reported earlier Saturday that Biden will be tested more frequently for Covid-19, and intends to move forward with in-person campaigning.

The Democratic nominee will receive a test each time he travels, a source familiar with his testing said.

Read the full statement from Andrew Bates below:

"We have adhered to strict and extensive safety practices recommended by public health experts and doctors in all of our campaigning – including social distancing, mask wearing, and additional safeguards. Vice President Biden is being tested regularly, and we will be releasing the results of each test. Vice President Biden tested negative twice yesterday and was never in close contact with President Trump or members of his team or family during the debate. When he was not on the debate stage, he wore a mask – which he has called on all Americans to do as a patriotic duty to protect one another. Vice President Biden will continue to lead by example as we work together to overcome this pandemic."

7:57 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

GOP Senator, seen maskless at last week's White House event, tests negative for Covid-19

From CNN's Gregory Clary

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, from Missouri, tweeted he tested negative for Covid-19.

Hawley was seen maskless at last Saturday's White House Rose Garden event where President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Multiple attendees of that event, including Trump, have tested positive in the days since the ceremony, which featured many people not wearing masks and not observing social distancing protocols.

7:22 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump: "Our first lady is doing very well"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

President Trump tweeted a video moments ago, and said that first lady Melania Trump, who had also tested positive for Covid-19, "was doing very well."

"Our first lady is doing very well ... Melania is really handling it very nicely. As you’ve probably read, she’s slightly younger than me, just a little tiny bit. And therefore, just we know the disease, we know the situation with age versus younger people. And Melania is handling it statistically, like it’s supposed to be handled. And that makes me very happy," he said.

It's not clear when this video was recorded.

Watch the full video:

7:08 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump says he feels "much better now"

Moments ago President Trump tweeted a video where he thanked the staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

"I came here, wasn't feeling so well. I feel much better now, we're working hard to get me all the way back — I have to be back because we still have to make America great again," he said in the video.

The President continued: "We’re gonna beat this coronavirus or whatever you wanna call it.”

It's not clear when this video was recorded.

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6:54 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis "has mild symptoms," his press secretary says

From CNN’s Manu Raju and Ted Barrett

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) asks a question during a Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 16, in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) asks a question during a Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 16, in Washington, D.C. Tom Williams/Pool/Getty Images

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis is continuing to self-isolate at his home in North Carolina while experiencing “mild symptoms, and he is in great spirits,” according to a statement from his press secretary Adam Webb.

Tillis tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, days after attending a White House event where President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Multiple attendees of that event, including Trump, have tested positive in the days since the ceremony, which featured many people not wearing masks and not observing social distancing protocols.

6:20 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

GOP senator with Covid-19 said he learned he tested positive after attending Oktoberfest dinner

 

Sen. Ron Johnson departs a Republican senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, in Washington, DC.
Sen. Ron Johnson departs a Republican senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Ron Johnson said he learned he had tested positive for Covid-19 after he had spoken at the Ozaukee County Republican Party's Oktoberfest Dinner on Friday night in Wisconsin. 

Johnson said he had no symptoms before the dinner but had decided to get tested as a precaution, after hearing that Utah Sen. Mike Lee had tested positive earlier on Friday. 

Johnson said he was able to get tested on Friday night before heading to the Oktoberfest dinner. 

At the dinner event, Johnson said he let the organizers know that he would not stick around or mingle with people, or take photographs with attendees. He said he maintained social distancing at the event and let people know why he was being safe. 

Johnson said he learned he tested positive after the event on his ride home.

6:28 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Chris Christie says he checked himself into the hospital after testing positive with Covid-19

From CNN's Dana Bash

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told CNN he checked himself into the hospital Saturday afternoon, as a precautionary measure, after announcing earlier in the day he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Christie, who suffers from asthma, said in consultation with his doctor, he decided it was best to be monitored in the hospital. He said he has a slight fever and is achy but felt well enough to drive himself to the hospital.

Christie told CNN by phone from the hospital that his breathing is fine, but after being admitted, he started a course of the Covid-19 treatment remdesivir.

Just moments ago, he tweeted that he is "feeling good."

Christie was part of the President’s debate prep team and sat close to the President, and others who have now tested positive for coronavirus.

He was also in the audience for Trump's Supreme Court announcement last weekend.

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5:54 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Mitch McConnell tells all GOP senators to return by Oct. 19

From CNN's Manu Raju and Rebecca Buck

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 30, in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 30, in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In an email to GOP senators obtained by CNN, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell detailed the changes in the Senate schedule and made it clear he needs all Republican senators back by Oct. 19.

“The Senate will go into pro forma session until October 19th. On that day, we will need all Republican Senators back and healthy to ensure we have a quorum,” he said.

It’s another sign that he has little margin for error to get Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed by the election.

However, if Sens. Thom Tillis and Mike Lee – the two GOP senators on the Senate Judiciary who tested positive for Covid-19 – are unable to return, Democrats will be able to deny them a quorum during the vote on Barrett’s nomination.

Read the full text of his email below:  

"Colleagues – our thoughts and best wishes are with the President, the First Lady and Mike, Thom and Ron. I have discussed our situation with Chuck and believe the followIng course of action is prudent. The Senate will go into pro forma session until October 19th. On that day, we will need all Republican Senators back and healthy to ensure we have a quorum.

Lindsey and his committee will be able to conduct the confirmation hearings of Judge Barrett as planned, beginning on October 12th. Should we need to break into a pro forma to conduct covid or other related business requiring votes, you will be given at least 24 hours notice to return.

I had a good conversation with the President yesterday and he is in good spirits. I am mindful, though, that these times are unsettling in the life of our country. We need to lead now, with extra prudence and care, not just for our own health and well being, but to be able to perform our elected duties and to be examples to the country. Wear masks, stay distant, and come back safely on the 19th. 

Best, 

Mitch"