Trump timeline: President attended fundraiser after aide tested positive for coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump's activities in the days leading up to his positive coronavirus test included frequent travel and events that put him in proximity with White House aides, campaign staff, reporters and everyday Americans.

In addition to White House activities, Donald Trump travelled to Ohio, Minnesota and New Jersey

U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to the White House in Washington on Thursday evening as he returns from Bedminster, N.J. It was at least the third trip Trump made this week, with just weeks to go until the presidential election. (Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press)

With just a month to go until the election, U.S. President Donald Trump had a busy schedule during the week the coronavirus hit home with him. Trump tweeted early Friday that he and his wife, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Here is a look at his activities over the past week:


  • Trump announces the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  • Trump holds a campaign rally in Harrisburg, Pa., attended by thousands of supporters — many not wearing masks.


  • Trump visits his golf course in Sterling, Va., and holds a late afternoon news conference in the White House briefing room.
  • The president and his wife hold an early evening reception for Gold Star Families on the White House State floor.


  • Trump surveys a truck produced by Lordstown Motors on the White House South Lawn at an event attended by two members of Congress and three representatives from the Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturer.
  • Trump holds a Rose Garden event to announce an administration effort to distribute millions of coronavirus test kits to states. The event is attended by administration officials, including Vice-President Mike Pence, members of Congress and state officials.

WATCH l A look at Trump's week leading up to positive test:

Timeline of Trump events and contacts leading up to positive coronavirus test

2 years ago
Duration 2:41
The CBC's Laura McQuillan breaks down U.S. President Donald Trump's activities and contacts in the days and hours leading up to his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.


  • Trump travels to Cleveland for a 90-minute presidential debate against Democratic rival Joe Biden. The two men are both tested ahead of the debate and stand behind lecterns positioned a good distance from one another. They do not wear masks during the faceoff. During the debate, Trump mocks Biden for his frequent wearing of masks.
  • White House aide Hope Hicks is part of a large entourage that travels to Ohio with Trump aboard Air Force One for the debate, including members of the Trump family. Trump's adult children and senior staff do not wear masks during the debate, violating host rules. Melania Trump is seen wearing a large white mask at the debate.


  • Trump travels to Minnesota for a fundraiser at a private home in suburban Minneapolis and an outdoor rally in Duluth.
  • Hicks is among the White House aides who accompany Trump on the trip. She feels unwell on the return trip and isolates herself aboard Air Force One.


  • Hicks tests positive for the coronavirus.
  • Trump flies to his Bedminster resort in New Jersey for a private fundraiser. Several aides who were in proximity to Hicks scrap plans to accompany Trump.
  • Trump announces in an evening interview on Fox News that he and his wife are being tested for the coronavirus. He later tweets that they will "begin our quarantine process!"


  • Trump tweets shortly before 1 a.m. that he and his wife have tested positive for the virus and "will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately."
  • Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, releases a statement that the president and his wife "are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence."
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urges those who attended the fundraiser the previous day to take precautions, including quarantining and getting tested.
  • White House officials say Trump and his wife are experiencing mild symptoms and that senior advisers who were in close contact with the president and Hicks have tested negative. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says that he anticipates more White House staff will test positive.
  • Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says campaign events involving the president and his family are being moved to virtual events or temporarily postponed. Pence plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events.
  • White House staff say Trump is experiencing "fatigue." Trump flies by Marine One to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the advice of his physicians. White House officials say Trump will remain there for a "few days."
  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee and University of Notre Dame president John Jenkins announce they have tested positive for the virus after attending the Rose Garden ceremony on Sept. 26.

WATCH | Trump leaves White House for military hospital: 

Trump goes to the hospital

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Duration 1:39
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on his way to hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

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