President Trump, his entire cabinet, and kids, attended conference with person hit by coronavirus
The American Conservative Union (ACU) just announced that an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). President Donald Trump and other top Republicans spoke at the popular conference.
The president is likely just now finding out about his potential risk to the virus today, along with the rest of the world. This should change his outlook on the crisis 1000% fold.
Just a few days ago, Trump downplayed the seriousness to the safety of the American public, comparing it to the common flu.
Important Health Notification for CPAC 2020 participants and attendees. pic.twitter.com/NtahNO8st3— ACU (@ACUConservative) March 7, 2020
Since the person in question was exposed to the virus before attending CPAC, it's a legitimate threat to everyone he came in contact with at the four-day event. He didn't receive a positive test until Saturday and is now being quarantined in New Jersey.
The ACU maintains that the person did not make direct contact with President Trump or Vice President Pence, but they could not rule out other White House officials.
Here are some notable names that went, besides Trump and Pence: Health Secretary Alex Azar, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife Secretary Elaine Chao, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Basically Trump's entire cabinet was there. So were Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr.
Pretty much every right-wing media commentator and T.V. personality you can think of from Fox News was also in attendance, let alone any other top Republican from Congress.
Since this news is just now coming to light, it's still uncertain if any other attendees have contracted a positive test. We can bet on this though: After today everyone attending will likely be scrambling to get tested.
This isn't something we should laugh at, though. While two Republicans in the House did vote against the $8 billion funding bill for the coronavirus, most Republicans know this is a serious threat to the nation's health and are trying their best to get it resolved.
We should know more about this breaking incident soon, and will provide updates.