How Did Trump Get Infected? He Points To Military Families. Their Tests Are Negative.
The White House is trying to back away from statements made by President Donald Trump when he described his interactions with Gold Star families the Sunday before he tested positive for COVID-19 as the possible source of his exposure. The event organizers say that all of the attendees have so far tested negative since then.
The Washington Post:
Trump Suggests Coronavirus Infection Came From Interaction With Gold Star Families
President Trump suggested he contracted the coronavirus from families of fallen service members at a White House event, but the president didn’t offer any proof from contact tracing or genetic analysis and the White House later backed away from his remarks amid criticism. Trump made the comments during a Thursday interview with the Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. The event with the Gold Star families took place on Sept. 27, the day after more than a hundred people also gathered at the White House, many without masks, to mark Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. (Sonne, 10/8)
New Scrutiny On Trump's Gold Star Family Event After COVID-19 Outbreak
A growing list of attendees to a reception last month for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett have tested positive for coronavirus. But the next day, the annual Gold Star Mother's Day event was held indoors at the White House, and official photos from the reception show very few people wearing masks. Gold Star Mother's Day has been around since the 1930s, but was highlighted recently by Presidents Obama and Trump with White House receptions. Despite this year's event landing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House decided not to cancel it. President Trump says when he met these family members and heard their stories, he couldn't bear to keep them at arms-length. (Lawrence, 10/8)
Raleigh News & Observer:
Trump Says Military Families May Be Source Of COVID. But Their Tests Are Negative
The families who attended a White House event honoring the loss of a member of the military are all doing well and do not have COVID-19, the organization that arranged their trip said Thursday after President Donald Trump suggested he might have been infected at that event. ... But the families so far are doing well, said Timothy Davis, the chief executive officer of The Greatest Generation Foundation, which sponsored their travel to the White House ceremony. “All of our Gold Star families have had a post-test conducted. All negative,” he said in a statement to McClatchy. (10/8)
Democrats Rip Trump For Suggesting Gold Star Families Could Have Given Him Covid-19
Top congressional Democrats condemned President Donald Trump on Thursday after the commander in chief suggested that he might have contracted Covid-19 from Gold Star family members who were too close to him when telling stories of their loved ones who died in the line of duty. Democrats said Trump's comments, made in an interview with Fox Business Thursday morning, disrespected military families and shifted blame for his administration's shortcomings on the coronavirus. (Forgey and O'Brien, 10/8)