Sen. Mike Lee tests positive for COVID-19 after Amy Coney Barrett visit
Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee revealed Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 — after a mask-free meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday and Rose Garden visit Saturday.
Lee is the latest high-profile Republican to reveal a positive diagnosis following President Trump’s bombshell after-midnight tweet early Friday announcing that he contracted the virus.
White House aide Hope Hicks and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel also tested positive for COVID-19.
On Saturday, Lee attended a White House Rose Garden event where Trump unveiled Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court. He was photographed seated among fellow lawmakers without a mask.
Barrett, who has been meeting with senators this week, tested negative for COVID-19, most recently on Friday.
“Yesterday morning, I was experiencing symptoms consistent with longtime allergies,” Lee said in a statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution, I sought medical advice and was tested for COVID-19. Unlike the test I took a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive. On advice of the Senate attending physician, I will remain isolated for the next 10 days.”
Since March, COVID-19 has infected 7.2 million Americans and killed more than 207,000.
Barrett’s confirmation hearings are expected to begin Oct. 12. Trump spoke Friday morning to urge forward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
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