Contact tracing was put into place at the White House immediately after Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Friday.
McEnany said it was considered safe for Trump to travel to his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, for a private fundraiser on Thursday.
"It was deemed safe for the president to go. He socially distanced, it was an outdoor event and it was deemed safe by White House operations for him to attend that event," she said.
She also told reporters she was not aware that Hicks had tested positive when she held a briefing at the White House on Thursday morning.
Trump did not participate in the one item remaining on his schedule on Friday, but McEnany said he had telephone calls with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. She said he discussed emergency declarations and the coronavirus stimulus package with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: Hey, guys.
- What does it mean--
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I'll take a few questions.
- Can you tell us about what kind of test the president got? Did he get a follow-up PCR test, which is more sensitive? How confirmed is this?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I'm not going to get in exactly what type of test, but as soon as he was assured that he indeed tested positive for COVID-19, within an hour, we put out that information to the American people. Yes.
- Will you be briefing us daily on his health?
- Kayleigh, what were they, those symptoms?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I'm not going to get into the president's symptoms exactly. He's had mild symptoms, but he is hard at work. We're having to slow him down a little bit. He's been on the phone with Senator McConnell, Senator Lindsey Graham, been on the phone with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talking about emergency declarations for states, as well as stimulus. So he's hard at work, despite the mild symptoms. Jonathan.
- The Chief of Staff presented earlier and said that the White House had learned that Hope Hicks had tested positive before the president departed for Bedminster for his fundraiser. Why would he still go, knowing there was a positive who he had contact with?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: It was deemed safe for the president to go. He socially distanced. It was an outdoor event, and it was deemed safe by White House operations.
- Kayleigh, who exactly assessed that it was safe for the president, even though he knew he had exposure, to travel to New Jersey? He was in Marine One, small space, Air Force One, and that fundraiser. Who made that assessment?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: White House operations made the assessment it was safe for the president, in consultation with others. Thank you guys so much.