There were screening questions on the form at RSVP, but no coronavirus tests or temperature checks were performed at the White House, the person said. The Trump campaign said earlier today that about 70 people will attend the speech, which was the first with an in-person hearing at the Republican convention.
Early Wednesday morning, the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN that members of the public “in rows near the president and vice president” had been tested for coronavirus ahead of the speech.
Grisham said most of the guests were untested, especially those “in the last five or six rows,” but she says anyone who came into close contact with Trump or Pence – including senior assistants, members of staff and parents of Melana Trump – has been tested. .
The vast majority of participants were not wearing masks, and the chairs available to participants did not appear to be six feet apart. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises keeping at least six feet from each other if possible to prevent the spread of the virus, and the agency also advocates face covers, especially if it is difficult to keep six feet apart. the person.
“We contracted with a coronavirus advisor and all suggested protocols were followed,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told CNN. He did not respond to a question about whether all participants in the speech had been tested.
Melania Trump, whose speech contrasted sharply with the rest of the convention’s message, was one of the few speakers to offer her sincere condolences to the families of the nearly 180,000 people in the United States who have died from coronavirus. She expressed gratitude for the many first responders who have been on the front lines to treat more than 5.7 million cases of coronavirus in the United States.
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and members of Trump’s cabinet attended the First Lady’s speech, among others.