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Chris Christie tests positive for COVID after helping Trump prepare the debate


Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the latest Trump insider to test positive for coronavirus after attending the Supreme Court nomination for superspreaders at the White House last weekend and helping the President deal with the Prepare presidential debate on Tuesday.

Christie tweeted, “I just got the message that I am positive for COVID-19. I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who went out of their way to ask how I was feeling over the past day or two.

"I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary people informed of my condition."

The diagnosis was made the day after Trump was transported to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC after he and First Lady Melania tested positive.

Christie joins at least nine people in the President's inner circle who tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend.

Christie was seen hugging and shaking hands with other attendees at the ceremony in the rose garden without wearing a mask.

Christie joins at least nine people within the President's inner circle who tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

Nine people tested positive for coronavirus after taking part in the rose garden event on Saturday, including 1: Donald Trump, 2: Melania Trump, 3: John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University, 4: Senator Mike Lee, 5: Senator Thom Tillis , 6: Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks (not pictured)

Nine people tested positive for coronavirus after participating in the Rosengarten event on Saturday, including 1: Donald Trump, 2: Melania Trump, 3: John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University, 4: Senator Mike Lee, 5: Senator Thom Tillis , 6: Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks (not pictured)

The former governor had also attended pre-debate sessions on Monday with Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, both of whom were confirmed as infected.

Christie told ABC's Good Morning America Friday that he was among the five or six people who gathered in the White House map room on Monday to help Trump prepare for Tuesday's debate.

And he revealed, "Nobody was wearing masks in the room when we were preparing the president."

Only a few participants in the SCOTUS nomination ceremony last weekend wore masks

Only a few participants in the SCOTUS nomination ceremony last weekend wore masks

Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien (pictured with the president aboard Air Force One on Aug. 28) tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday

Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien (pictured with the president aboard Air Force One on Aug. 28) tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday

Stepien, 42, received the results of his test Friday night, Politico reported, citing a senior election official who said he was suffering from "mild flu-like symptoms."

The campaign manager, who also attended the SCOTUS nomination event, traveled to Cleveland with Trump and his team for the first presidential debate on Tuesday.

Stepien was there in close proximity to the President's top aide, Hope Hicks, who also tested positive.

The senior official who spoke to Politico said Stepien will be working remotely, while Assistant Campaign Manager Justin Clark – who tested negative – is expected to oversee the campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday after he and First Lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) before he was hospitalized

Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday after he and First Lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) before he was hospitalized

Advisors stressed that Stepien, who became campaign manager in July when Trump replaced Brad Parscale, will retain control of the campaign, Politico reported.

But his diagnosis undoubtedly throws a wrench into the Trump team when another leader of the president's re-election, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, also revealed on Friday that she, too, is infected.

News of a coronavirus cluster within Trump's inner circle came just under a month before the presidential election as polls show the incumbent is lagging behind his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in several key battlefield states.

Cleveland officials said that at least 11 people who helped prepare and plan the Tuesday night debate tested positive for coronavirus, but no city dwellers appear to have infected the virus as a result of the event.

Cleveland officials said at least 11 people who helped prepare and plan the Tuesday night debate (pictured) tested positive for coronavirus

Cleveland officials said at least 11 people who helped prepare and plan the Tuesday night debate (pictured) tested positive for coronavirus

Nine people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday have now tested positive for COVID-19, raising fears that it is a "super-spreader event".

Nine people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday have now tested positive for COVID-19, raising fears that it is a "super-spreader event".

Who has Trump in contact with and who among them is infected

Hope Hicks, Adviser to the President – POSITIVE

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump – NEGATIVE

Barron Trump – NEGATIVE

Tiffany Trump – NEGATIVE

Eric Trump, Lara Trump – NEGATIVE

Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle – NEGATIVE

Vice President Mike Pence – NEGATIVE

Joe Biden and Jill Biden – NEGATIVE

Dan Scavino, Social Media Director – NEGATIVE

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel – POSITIVE

Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff – NEGATIVE

Kayleigh McEnany, Press Officer – NEGATIVE

KellyAnne Conway, Trump's former advisor who attended Saturday's SCOTUS nominee announcement – POSITIVE

Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court Candidate – NEGATIVE (She had the virus in the summer)

Rev. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame, who attended the announcement of the SCOTUS candidate on Saturday – POSITIVE

North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis who attended the SCOTUS candidate announcement on Saturday – POSITIVE

Mike Lee, Republican Senator from Utah who attended the SCOTUS nominee announcement Saturday – POSITIVE

Bill Stepien, campaign manager – POSITIVE

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who attended the SCOTUS candidate announcement on Saturday – POSITIVE

The cluster could have emerged three days before the debate, when Trump announced Barrett as his election to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

The September 26 meeting drew around 100 people – many of whom were not wearing face masks and were all sitting nearby.

Participants were photographed hugging, shaking hands and chatting without a face mask – which led to fears that it was a "super-spreader event".

At least nine participants – Trump, Melania, Hicks, Conway, Christie, Stepien, Sens Mike Lee and Tom Tillis, and Notre Dame University President John Jenkins – have all tested positive for COVID-19.

Many of the other high profile figures who were in attendance have not yet received the all-clear.

74-year-old Trump announced his diagnosis on Twitter just before 1 a.m. Friday, hours after it was revealed that Hicks had tested positive after traveling to Cleveland with the President on Marine One and Air Force One.

Hours later, the President was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital because he was reportedly having "difficulty breathing". The White House did not confirm these rumors, claiming that he was allowed to take tests "out of caution" after developing a fever, congestion and cough.

Trump went to Twitter Friday night and shared an upbeat message from his hospital bed.

I think! Thanks to all. LOVE !!! & # 39; He wrote after a CNN report quoted an unnamed presidential adviser who alleged it was "Cause for concern" about his condition and that the president had "difficulty breathing" following his coronavirus test.

The president's doctor said he is "fine" and is undergoing a range of treatments, including a cocktail of Regeneron polyclonal antibodies that is not available to the public, remdesivir – an Ebola drug that has already been shown to be it works against the virus. and vitamin D.

He also takes zinc, vitamin D, famotidine (the generic name for Pepcid AC), melatonin, and daily aspirin.

Before going to the hospital, Trump had posted an 18-second video message to the nation saying he was going to be hospitalized but "I think I'm very fine."

"We'll make sure everything goes well," he said, adding that the first lady is "very well" too.

The president gave a thumbs up as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be rushed to the hospital on Friday night. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak.

Trump's & # 39; nuclear soccer & # 39 ;, the briefcase that could trigger the end of the world, was loaded with him on Marine One

While Trump and his aides claim he is fine, rumors have spread that his condition is much more serious than they suspect.

The president is at a higher risk of developing a severe case of coronavirus due to his age.

"This is serious," said an anonymous Trump adviser CNNThe president is "very tired, very tired" and his condition is much more severe than Melania's.

The source added that his condition was not getting worse and the public should not be alarmed.

Trump 74 gave a thumbs up as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be flown to the hospital on Friday night. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but didn't speak

Trump 74 gave a thumbs up as he walked from the White House to Marine One to be flown to the hospital on Friday night. He waved to reporters on the South Lawn but did not speak

The president tweeted Friday night that he believed his treatment was "good".

The president tweeted Friday night that he believed his treatment was "good".

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