Up to date 0116 GMT (0916 HKT) October 5, 2020
Since President Donald Trump announced his positive Covid-19 test, public consideration has centered on the Rose Backyard ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Courtroom announcement and the way various its attendees have since examined optimistic.
However there was additionally a smaller, non-public reception contained in the White Home — one which didn’t embody carrying masks and didn’t embody social distancing.
After the general public occasion, dozens of attendees gathered contained in the White Home’s Diplomatic Reception Room and the adjoining hallway. The reception lasted between 30 and 45 minutes, one supply with information of the occasion instructed CNN.
CNN is instructed the attendees didn’t put on masks, and photos of the occasion present no social distancing.
Photos of the reception taken by the New York Instances’ photographer Doug Mills and White Home photographer Andrea Hanks seize a bunch of individuals speaking very shut collectively, with one picture displaying first girl Melania Trump, Barrett and her household posing shoulder to shoulder and straight behind Trump within the Oval Workplace.
The widow of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Maureen Scalia, is seen speaking to Barrett in a single photograph. In one other, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who has now examined optimistic, is seen in very shut proximity to Barrett.
The President and first girl Melania Trump could be seen speaking to a couple different attendees individually within the room.
Additionally seen within the room is Attorney General William Barr, who spent a number of minutes speaking up near former presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway within the Rose Backyard earlier. Conway has since introduced that she examined optimistic for the virus.