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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett tests negative for Covid-19

High court pick has been meeting with GOP senators and accompanied to Hill by members of president’s inner circle

John T. Bennett
Washington Bureau Chief
Friday 02 October 2020 19:26 BST
Hope Hicks boards Marine One after Donald Trump

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative for coronavirus despite spending a few hours with Donald Trump on Saturday

“Judge Barrett is tested daily for COVID-19—she has tested negative. She is following CDC guidance and best practices, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequently washes hands,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said on Friday.

The president announced in a tweet around 1 a.m. that he has tested positive, after months of admittedly downplaying the virus. His wife, Melania Trump, also has tested positive, along with close aide Hope Hicks.

Ms Barrett has been meeting with Republican senators as they prepare to begin her confirmation hearings in the Judiciary Committee later this month.

One, Mike Lee of Utah, has since announced that he too has tested positive for coronavirus.

Others may opt to get a new test since Ms Barrett was accompanied to Capitol Hill by members of the president’s West Wing staff.

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