The disclosure in the early hours of friday morning that president donald trump and his wife melania had tested positive for coronavirus sent officials scrambling to find out who else in the presidents circle may have been infected.
Hours earlier, a close aide, hope hicks pictured above with other advisers to the president received a positive result, having come down with covid-19 symptoms on wednesday.
A timeline of the week raises questions about whether some events, including a rally and two private fundraisers, should have gone on as planned.
The president is cheered by a crowd as he departs the white house for cleveland, ohio. he is accompanied by his family, including first lady melania trump, and aides including ms hicks.
The first presidential debate between former vice-president joe biden and mr trump takes place. some members of the presidents family, including his daughter ivanka, were seen not wearing masks as they watched the event. ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner have tested negative for coronavirus.
Marine one leaves the white house for joint base andrews carrying mr trump and aides dan scavino, stephen miller, mr kushner and ms hicks. air force one then departs for minnesota. among the travellers on the presidents plane were minnesota congressmen jim hagedorn, tom emmer and pete stauber, according to the duluth news tribune.
At some point on wednesday, ms hicks feels unwell and quarantines on air force one.
The president arrives in minneapolis and is greeted by local republican leaders including paul gazelka, kurt daudt and jason lewis according to the star tribune.
Mr trumps motorcade arrives in shorewood, minnesota, for a private fundraiser. the event is hosted by marty davis, chief executive of cambria, a maker of quartz countertops.
A crowd in duluth, minnesota, applauds the president at a campaign rally. the audience was packed tightly together and most were seen to be not wearing masks. the rally was attended by over 3,000 people.
The presidential party leaves the rally to return to the white house.
The president departs the white house for the trump national golf club in bedminster, new jersey, for a private roundtable with supporters and a fundraiser. the administration learned of ms hicks positive coronavirus test shortly before marine one took off for new jersey, according to white house chief of staff mark meadows.
In terms of hope hicks, we discovered that right as marine one was taking off yesterday. we actually pulled some of the people that had been travelling and in close contact, mr meadows said on friday.
According to centers of disease control and prevention guidelines, those in contact with ms hicks should have quarantined themselves at this time. it is unclear why further events were not cancelled.
The fundraising event was reportedly attended by about 100 people, according to the new york times. new jersey governor phil murphy later urged attendees to get tested and self-quarantine.
Mr trump returns to the white house.
Mr trump tweets that he and his wife melania are quarantining as they await results of coronavirus testing following hope hicks confirmation.
The president and first lady received a positive coronavirus test result, mr trump announces in a tweet.
Mr meadows tells a group of reporters that the president is experiencing mild symptoms and is quarantining in the white house residence.
On friday, mr biden tested negative for coronavirus, as did ivanka trump and mr kushner.