October 2: Trump's Covid diagnosis

By Veronica Rocha, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 12:44 a.m. ET, October 3, 2020
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9:39 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Republican party chairwoman tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel speaks during the first day of the Republican convention on August 24 in Washington DC.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel speaks during the first day of the Republican convention on August 24 in Washington DC. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican party, has also tested positive for coronavirus, an official confirms.

This was first reported by the New York Times. 

Here's what RNC spokesperson Mike Reed said in a statement: 

"After a member of her family tested positive for COVID-19, the Chairwoman was tested for the virus. On Wednesday afternoon, she got confirmation she was COVID-19 positive. She has been at her home in Michigan since last Saturday."
9:36 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Barron Trump tests negative for coronavirus

From CNN's Kate Bennett

President Donald Trump and his son Barron wave as they board Air Force One on August 16.
President Donald Trump and his son Barron wave as they board Air Force One on August 16. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The 14-year-old son of Melania and Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, according to Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s chief of staff. 

“Barron has tested negative and all precautions are being taken to ensure he’s kept safe and healthy,” Grisham tells CNN.

12:34 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Here is where Trump has been this week

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Here's a timeline of President Trump's days before he tested positive for Covid-19.

Monday, September 28: At the White House

3:40 p.m. ET: Trump appears in the Rose Garden to hail a new testing strategy for coronavirus. "I say it all the time, we are rounding the corner," Trump said during the event. Many officials were at the event, socially distanced from the President, including Vice President Mike Pence, health adviser Scott Atlas, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and HHS official Admiral Brett Giroir.

Later in the day, Trump participated in debate prep sessions, according to people familiar with the matter. Those who were present in the room during the sessions included former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, presidential adviser Hope Hicks, and former presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Tuesday, September 29: Presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio

2:30 p.m. ET: The President boards Air Force One alongside the first lady headed for Cleveland. Aboard Air Force One were members of his family and advisers.

4:22 p.m. ET: Trump did a walkthrough of the debate stage without wearing a mask.

9 p.m. ET: Trump's family arrives in the debate hall without wearing masks, though some photographed themselves wearing masks backstage and posted them to social media.

Wednesday, September 30: Visit to Minnesota

3:05 p.m. ET: Trump departs for Minnesota. Aboard Air Force One were US Reps. Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn; Hicks, Stephen Miller, Kushner, Dan Scavino and Mark Meadows.

10:20 p.m. ET: Trump departs Duluth on Air Force One. On the way home, officials said Hicks began displaying symptoms and isolated in a separate cabin. She is seen deplaning from the rear steps.

Thursday, October 1: Fundraisers and testing

Time unknown: Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus. Some White House staffers who were in close proximity were notified of the positive test result, one official said.

2:33 p.m. ET: Trump arrived at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for a fundraiser. It's not known who attended.

8:15 p.m. ET: In remarks recorded earlier in the day, Trump addresses the annual Al Smith dinner, which was convened virtually this year because of coronavirus. "I just want to say that the end of the pandemic is in sight, and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country," Trump said.

8:40 p.m. ET: CNN reports Hicks tested positive for coronavirus.

12:54 a.m. ET: Trump tweets, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

1:05 a.m. ET: The White House releases a memo from the presidential physician, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, saying Trump and the first lady tested positive.

Watch more about Trump's timeline:

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the time Trump tweeted about his positive Covid-19 test.

9:33 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Different offices in White House getting contrasting instructions

From CNN's Vivian Salama and Alex Marquardt

As employees across the White House complex processed the news that President Trump, the first lady, and one of the President’s top aides tested positive for Covid-19, different offices were receiving different instructions on how to proceed.

One White House official said White House staff were instructed to “max telework."

Vice President Mike Pence’s team have reinstated teleworking as the White House medical team does testing and tracing, the official says. If they don’t require a classified setting to do their work, they can stay home, the guidance said.

But across the street from the West Wing, many national security officials were still awaiting any guidance.

National Security Council staff, some of whom spend time in the West Wing and work in close proximity with the President and his inner circle, had not received any guidance or recommendations on whether or not to get tested or self-quarantine as of 9 a.m. ET Friday, according to one administration official.

Staff learned of the diagnosis through tweets and the media, but have received no internal notices about it, even from the public health standpoint.

“We’re all sitting around wondering, ‘ok, now what?’” the official told CNN.

9:31 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner test negative for the virus

From CNN's Kate Bennett

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and their children attend a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on September 22.
Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and their children attend a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on September 22. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner tested negative for coronavirus on Friday morning, a White House official tells CNN. 

9:26 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

US military has not changed alert levels following Trump testing positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Barbara Starr

The US military has not changed any alert levels following the president testing positive for coronavirus, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN. 

“There has been no change to our alert levels. The US military stands ready to defend our country and its citizens. There is no change to the readiness and capability of our armed forces,” the spokesman said.

President Trump’s most senior military adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, last saw Trump on Sunday night at a Gold Star Mothers event, according to an administration official. The source noted this is likely outside incubation period. 

Milley is regularly tested and follows all CDC protocols and guidelines. 

2:55 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Kamala Harris wishes Trumps a speedy recovery

From CNN's Melissa Mahtani

Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images
Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris wished the President and first lady a speedy recovery.

In a tweet, she said her and her husband were keeping the first couple in their thoughts.

9:23 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Jim Jordan, who was on Air Force One this week, is getting tested this morning

From CNN's Haley Byrd

US Representative from Ohio Jim Jordan, left, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, are seen ahead of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29.
US Representative from Ohio Jim Jordan, left, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, are seen ahead of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said he will get tested for coronavirus this morning after flying on Air Force One earlier this week.

During an interview on Fox and Friends, Jordan said he only spent “a brief amount of time” with President Trump and he feels well. 

"I feel great. I had a great workout yesterday. I feel fine,” Jordan said.

He said he will attend a hearing today virtually from his office instead of going in person

“The President will beat it,” Jordan said. "He’s a healthy guy."

9:28 a.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Biden campaign manager asks staffers to refrain from posting anything on social media 

From CNN’s Jeff Zeleny

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon sent an all staff email message asking staffers to refrain from posting about the situation on social media. 

He said the campaign staff continues to take "every precaution to protect" the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, their spouses and the staff.

The full email, obtained by a source who received it, is below:

As you saw overnight, outlets are reporting, and President Trump has confirmed that he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19. 
First, rest assured that our campaign staff, in consultation with health experts have continued to take every precaution to protect Vice President Biden, Sen. Harris, their spouses and our staff. The health and safety of the entire team has been, and will remain, our number one priority. 
Second, as this situation continues to unfold, we ask that you refrain from posting about the situation on social media unless otherwise directed by your manager. We will share additional information and guidance with you as we have it. 
Thanks, 
JOD