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Trump spends first night at Walter Reed for Covid-19 treatment

Updates on President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19, the president announced early Friday.

Trump was transported by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday evening as a precautionary measure recommended by the president’s physician, officials said, and he is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.

The president’s doctor said he was administered an antibody cocktail, along with vitamins, and is fatigued with a low-grade fever, while Melania Trump has a mild cough and headache.

Trump becomes the latest world leader to be diagnosed with the virus just weeks ahead of the election and in the midst of a busy campaign schedule for him and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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Here are all the Trump-related Covid-19 test results

Below is a roundup of Covid-19 tests results of members of the Trump inner circle and others who interacted with the president or team in the past week. A negative test result does not necessarily mean that person is Covid-free as the virus may take several days to show up on a test.

Positive:

President Donald Trump

First lady Melania Trump

Hope Hicks

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah (attended Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination event on Saturday)

Negative:

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence 

Ivanka Trump

Jared Kushner

Barron Trump

Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff

Dan Scavino

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

HHS Secretary Alex Azar

Attorney General Bill Barr

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Joe and Jill Biden

Sen. Kamala Harris

Kayleigh McEnany

Unknown:

Donald Trump Jr. (flew on Air Force One to Cleveland debate, did not fly back)

Kimberly Guilfoyle (at debate)

Chris Christie (was in Trump debate prep, getting tested on Friday but is not experiencing symptoms)

Alyssa Farah

Stephen Miller

Robert O’Brien, national security adviser (tested positive for coronavirus in July)

Rudy Giuliani (was in Trump debate prep, getting tested Friday, and in quarantine)

Eric Trump (at debate)

Lara Trump (at debate)

Tiffany Trump (at debate)

Derek Lyons

Bill Stepien

Kellyanne Conway (was in Trump debate prep)

Jason Miller (was in Trump debate prep)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (tested Friday morning)

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Senate pro tem  (won’t be tested, at the advice of his physician)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (flew on Air Force One to Cleveland debate, did not fly back)

Alice Marie Johnson (flew on Air Force One to Cleveland debate)

Cleveland Clinic tells debate guests: Your Covid risk is low

Cleveland Clinic issued a statement on Friday telling debate attendees that their risk of contracting the coronavirus at the debate is low.

“Based on what we know about the virus and the safety measures we had in place, we believe there is a low risk of exposure to our guests,” the Ohio-based medical center said. “Out of abundance of caution, we are reaching out to guests to address any questions and concerns, as well as offering testing,”

Cleveland Clinic advised the Commission on Presidential Debates and the host site on mitigating the coronavirus risk, requiring temperature checks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and mask-wearing. Anyone inside the debate hall was tested for the coronavirus before entry, while campaigns and their staff were tested by their campaigns, they said in a statement.

Several members of the Trump family and their guests took their masks off once inside the debate hall. 

A Cleveland Clinic doctor in a white lab coat started to approach Trump family guests to wear a mask. She offered them one in case they didn’t get one. She never approached the family but as she got closer to them, someone shook their head and no one she reminded to put on a mask ended up putting one on. 

When the doctor, who refused to comment to the press, walked off the floor, a debate hall staffer told her "That’s all you can do."

Bidens test negative for Covid-19

Joe and Jill Biden tested negative for Covid-19, his personal physician, Kevin O'Conner, said in a statement on Friday.

The pair received rapid tests earlier Friday after being in close proximity to Trump at Tuesday's debate.

White House 'in a panic,' Trump under pressure to make public appearance

Some of Trump’s allies are pressuring him to appear in public in some form today in an attempt to calm the markets and the country, even if it’s just a brief appearance from a window or via video, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

"How the next 24 hours are handled are critical," one of them said.

In terms of the overall mood inside the White House, "everybody is in a panic” about their own health, a person familiar with the dynamic said. Many White House officials were around Hope Hicks, in particular, as well as the president.

There is some concern inside the West Wing about whether the rapid tests that anyone near the president has been taken regularly are actually accurate. NBC’s Medical Unit advises that the timing and type of test that an official has taken matters in terms of the accuracy of their negative results.

Schumer: Capitol Hill needs testing and tracing

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday called for a Capitol Hill testing and contact tracing program and accused the White House of putting the Senate and their staffers at risk for the coronavirus.

“This episode demonstrates that the Senate needs a testing and contact tracing program for Senators, staff, and all who work in the Capitol complex," he said in a statement. "We simply cannot allow the administration's cavalier attitude to adversely affect this branch of government."

Schumer, a New York Democrat, called for careful contact tracing of everyone who may have been infected or exposed by the president, first lady, aide Hope Hicks or their contacts.

Several senators have gotten Covid-19 since the outbreak began: Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the first to test positive, in March hours after working out in the senators' gym; Bill Cassidy, R-La., contracted the virus in August; and Mike Lee, R-Utah, announced Friday that he, too, had tested positive.

Schumer noted that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court nominee who senators have been meeting with recently amid the vetting process, might have been exposed to the virus. A White House spokesman said earlier Friday that Barrett is tested daily for Covid-19 and has tested negative.

“It is imperative that all results be made public in order to contain a possible outbreak and so we can determine the need for senators and staff to quarantine or self-isolate," Schumer said in the statement.

Sen. Mike Lee tests positive for Covid-19

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday. His mask use on the Hill could be described as inconsistent at best. He’s also been a regular attendee of the GOP’s weekly lunches.

Sen. McConnell: Trump in 'good spirits' Friday morning

AG Barr tests negative for Covid-19

Attorney General William Barr has tested negative for Covid-19, a spokesman said on Friday.

The attorney general was with the president at the White House on Saturday at a reception for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court. He was not experiencing symptoms but tested out of an abundance of caution.

QAnon followers elated at Trump Covid news

Followers of QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that posits the president is leading a secret war against a deep-state cabal of Satanic pedophiles, reacted to news of Trump’s Covid-19 infection with near-universal celebration.

On QAnon forums and Facebook groups, people traded conspiracy theories about Trump’s diagnosis, believing it to be part of an elaborate plan to isolate the leader while violent retribution is taken against believed evil-doers, a time known within the conspiracy theory as “the storm.” 

QAnon believers also hold that the coronavirus, which has killed over 200,000 Americans, is a “hoax,” engineered to hurt the president. They have rallied around ineffective treatments like hydroxychloroquine and have refused to wear masks or get a vaccine when one becomes available.

Notable QAnon influencers spent early Friday attempting to "decode" the president's tweet announcing he had the disease and trying to deduce clues from the statement's use of capital letters. The official "Q" account, which followers believe to be a secret government insider giving them hints about the president's plan, has not posted since the president's announcement.

QAnon was among the top trending searches on Google Friday morning.