Trump announced his personal attorney had tested positive for the virus in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. “Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!” Trump wrote. At least 40 people close to Trump have been infected with the virus since late September, according to The New York Times.
The president was hospitalized with coronavirus in early October several days after a Rose Garden ceremony and indoor reception to celebrate Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, where there was little social distancing and most went without masks.
First Lady Melania Trump and other top aides, including Trump campaign manager Bill Stepian, adviser Hope Hicks and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, also tested positive around the same time.
Trump continued to downplay the threat of the virus even as he recovered from his own infection and insisted the end of the pandemic was near, even as cases and deaths continued to spike across the country.