October 3 Trump Covid-19 news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Amy Woodyatt, Fernando Alfonso III, Melissa Mahtani and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, October 4, 2020
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4:27 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

These are the White House guests who have tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Melissa Mahtani

At least eight people, including President Trump, have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a Rose Garden event on Sept. 26, where Trump announced his choice to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Guests did not socially distance and very few wore masks. 

See where people stood or sat:

CORRECTION: The graphic in this post has been updated to correctly identify Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins. 

3:15 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Joe Biden will move forward with in-person campaigning

From CNN’s Arlette Saenz

Joe Biden arrives to speak at a campaign event at United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 2, 2020. 
Joe Biden arrives to speak at a campaign event at United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 2, 2020.  Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

A Biden campaign official said the Democratic nominee intends to move forward with in-person campaigning despite President Trump, and several individuals in his orbit, contracting coronavirus. 

Campaign aides believe they’ve developed an effective recipe over the past few months for campaigning safely — including mask wearing, social distancing and smaller events — and intend to continue with those practices.

Biden and his wife Jill are scheduled to travel to South Florida on Monday. On Thursday, Biden will visit Arizona, his first visit to the battleground state, with his running mate Kamala Harris.

Yesterday: Biden traveled as scheduled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, after receiving a negative result to his coronavirus test. He went forward with his planned remarks on the economy but he did pull down an in-person organizing event with the Kent County Democrats.

A campaign official said the recent developments regarding coronavirus reinforces why it’s a central issue in this campaign.

“It’s about who do Americans trust to get the virus under control and to protect them and how to get the country back to work,” the official said. 

The official reiterated that if Biden were to ever test positive for coronavirus, the campaign would make that information public.

3:08 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump campaign sends an email to supporters acknowledging the President’s hospitalization

From CNN’s DJ Judd and Brian Rokus

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump stands outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. 
A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump stands outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.  Alex Edelman/Getty Images

The Trump campaign sent an email to supporters Saturday acknowledging the President’s hospitalization and urged supporters to send a “quick message for President Trump to read."

The email also included a link to the video President Trump released yesterday before he left the White House for Walter Reed medical center.

2:39 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Joe Biden is being tested for Covid-19 more frequently as election day draws near

From CNN’s Sarah Mucha

Former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane in New Castle, Delaware, before traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 2.
Former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane in New Castle, Delaware, before traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 2. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is being tested for Covid-19 more frequently as election day draws near, a source familiar with his testing told CNN.

The former vice president is getting tested each time he travels, the source said.

In early September, deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told reporters on a press call that Biden was being tested on a weekly basis, but that has picked up as his travel has increased. 

Following news of President Trump's positive Covid-19 diagnosis, Biden and his wife were tested and the results came back negative.

2:29 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump received supplemental oxygen on Friday, source says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2.
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A source close to the White House said President Trump has received supplemental oxygen since his illness began.

Trump “definitely has had oxygen,” the source said. The source said it was Friday when that happened.  

The President’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters earlier Saturday that Trump “is not on oxygen right now.”

When he was asked if the President received it at all, Conley would not directly answer just saying “He has not needed any this morning, today at all.” Asked if he had ever on been on supplemental oxygen as part of his Covid-19 treatment, Conley said “right now he is not,” adding “yesterday and today, he was not on oxygen.”  

CNN has asked for clarification about that statement.

The New York Times first reported the oxygen development.

CNN reported Friday the President was having a hard time breathing.

1:51 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Former FBI acting director will not testify next week because of Covid-19 spread

From CNN’s Evan Perez

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe will not testify next week at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing after two members of the committee tested positive for Covid-19, according to a letter sent by McCabe’s attorney to Sen. Lindsey Graham, who chairs the committee.

"Mr. McCabe is willing, able, and eager to testify in person about Crossfire Hurricane at any time in the future when it is safe to do so. But he is not willing to put his family’s health at risk to do so. For these reasons, we are unwilling to appear in person for the Oct. 6 hearing; and for reasons of fairness, we are unwilling to testify remotely. A fair and appropriate hearing of this kind – which is complex and contentious – simply cannot be conducted other than in person," Michael Bromwich, McCabe’s attorney, said in the letter.

McCabe was set to testify on “Crossfire Hurricane,” the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s potential campaign ties to Russia. That investigation was eventually taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller. 

CNN reached out to Graham’s office for comment.

1:37 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

A lot has happened following Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis. Here's what we know.

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2.
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump is currently at Walter Reed medical center after announcing that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

If you're just reading in now, here's a recap of the latest developments:

Trump's condition:

  • The President's physician at Walter Reed medical center, Dr. Sean Conley, said this morning that Trump is "doing very well."
  • Conley did not provide a details about Trump’s fever saying, “I'd rather not give any specific numbers but he, but he did have a fever, Thursday into Friday, and since Friday morning, he's had none.”
  • A source familiar with the President's health told the White House pool on background that "the President's vitals over last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery."
  • Col. Sean N. Dooley, MD, said that President Trump is not on oxygen this morning and is not having difficulty breathing or walking around. He added the medical team is watching closely for any evidence of complications from either the coronavirus illness or the therapies.
  • Dooley also said the President's cardiac, kidney and liver functions were all normal this morning and that he is in "good spirits."

Other key figures:

  • Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for coronavirus Saturday morning, an administration official confirmed. 
  • The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced Saturday that he has tested negative for Covid-19.

Senators:

  • Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, also tested positive for the virus but said he is asymptomatic and feels "fine." Johnson said he got tested for Covid-19 as a precaution after hearing that Republican Sen. Mike Lee, of Utah, tested positive for the virus Friday morning.  
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking an agreement to push back Senate floor activity until Oct. 19.
1:31 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump praises the staff at Walter Reed medical center

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Trump praised the staff at Walter Reed medical center on Twitter this afternoon, calling them “AMAZING!!!”

Trump said he is feeling well thanks to their help. This is the President’s second tweet since he was admitted to Walter Reed on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Read the tweet:

1:20 p.m. ET, October 3, 2020

Trump is in good spirits, doctors say

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Pulmonologist Sean Dooley gives an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 
Pulmonologist Sean Dooley gives an update on the condition of US President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is walking around even as he undergoes treatment for coronavirus at the Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, his doctors said Saturday.

“He's in exceptionally good spirits and in fact, as we were completing our multidisciplinary rounds this morning, the quote he left us with was ‘I feel like I could walk out of here today,’ and that was a very encouraging comment from the President,” Dr. Sean Dooley, one the physicians taking care of Trump, told reporters.

Dooley added: “We are monitoring him very closely for any evidence of complications from either the coronavirus illness or the therapies that we are prescribing to make him better. We have monitored his cardiac function, his kidney function, his liver function — all of those are normal."