There has been fury over a photo showing US President Donald Trump and other politicians not social distancing at the White House just days before he was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Mr Trump and his wife Melania were diagnosed with coronavirus on Friday. He remains in hospital.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president was transported as a precaution.
From tomorrow’s NYT A1, a reminder that the Amy Coney Barrett WH event was not entirely outdoors pic.twitter.com/wSJvKOY4JD— Rebecca Buck (@RebeccaBuck) October 3, 2020
Several others in the White House have also tested positive. Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed she has coronavirus.
A picture taken by New York Times photographer Doug Mills shows Mr Trump, his wife and others in the White House last Saturday during the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.
None of them are seen wearing masks in Mills’s photo.
Several administration officials suggest there could be a connection between the event and the cases.
The president of the University of Notre Dame, and at least two Republican lawmakers who were also present at the event — Utah Senator Mike Lee and North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis — announced Friday they had tested positive and were isolating.
Ms Conway was also there.
Bill Stephien, Mr Trump’s campaign manager, tested positive too.
The photo was shared on Twitter and angered many users who pointed out the maskless attendees didn’t social distance.
“So I'm most likely not going to see my family for Christmas because of these fools?” one woman tweeted.
Another tweeted “no one” in the pic is showing the “slightest bit of common sense”.
“Just sheer incompetence,” one man tweeted.
Mr Trump said in a video from hospital he is “doing very well”.
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