On Friday, the Republican National Committee sent a list of 206 guests to the New Jersey Department of Health for contact tracing purposes, but the list did not include phone numbers – only names and email addresses – nor did it list any of the members. of the Bedminster staff who ran the event, according to two people familiar with New Jersey’s contact-tracing efforts.
“The list contains names and e-mail addresses. To track contacts reliably, you need cities and states, “an official said.” Basically we say so much: we want and need more information. “
Officials said the state contacted the White House early Friday after learning of the president̵
“This doesn’t really satisfy us, particularly with New Jersey,” the official said.
White House spokesman Mr. Deere said, “A comprehensive contact tracing, consistent with C.D.C. guidelines, was completed for the trip to Bedminster, N.J. The president had no interaction with Bedminster staff or guests that would be considered “close” based on CDC guidelines (more than 15 minutes and within 6 feet). “
He added: “All White House personnel considered to be in close contact during this trip have been identified, contacted and advised to quarantine.”
At the event for Judge Barrett, guests, few of whom wore masks, mingled both outdoors and indoors, hugging and talking to neighboring heads. Over the next few days, at least eight participants, including two senators, tested positive. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany became the last.
The timing of Mr. Trump’s disease diagnosis makes it highly likely that he and others were infected on Saturday, medical experts said. Symptoms typically appear about five days after exposure to the virus; Mr. Trump started showing symptoms on Thursday, “later in the day” he would be expected to do, Dr. Maldonado said.