Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced Friday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus, just minutes after her daughter revealed her mother’s diagnosis on TikTok and hours after President Donald Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania had also tested positive.
“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19,” Conway tweeted, adding that her symptoms were mild.
Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.
As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020
Conway’s 15-year-old daughter Claudia, who has publicly feuded online with her mother in the past, was the first to break the news of Conway’s diagnosis on TikTok by posting a picture of herself wearing a mask with the text “update my mom has covid.”
Conway had close contact with Trump
Conway had been a close adviser to the president before stepping down to focus on her family at the end of August. While no longer counselor to the president, Conway is one of several individuals who contracted the virus and also attended Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination ceremony last week.
A number of others who attended events with the president or were close to him recently who also tested positive for the virus include senior counselor Hope Hicks, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Thom Tillis (R-SC), The Hill reported.
Several people who have tested positive for the virus were also in attendance at the presidential debate on Tuesday, including Hicks and Stepien.
Others in close proximity to the president who have tested negative for the virus include Trump’s family members Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Barron Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
Contact tracing nightmare
White House contact tracers are now trying to figure out who else had close contact with the president so they can get tested, Politico reported.
The president traveled to four states — Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — in the week before his positive test, and he also spent time in Washington, D.C.
The Trump campaign announced on Friday that it is postponing all planned campaign events that involved the president’s participation, Fox News reported.
“Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events,” said Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien. “Any further information about the president will come from the White House.”