A spokesperson at the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed over the weekend that Attorney General Bill Barr has tested negative for the coronavirus, The Hill reports.
The news comes as numerous White House officials and members of Congress have revealed positive tests. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are among those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
As of Sunday, Trump remains hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, but his condition is said to be steadily improving, according to USA Today.
Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
Coronavirus in the nation’s capital
Though Trump is apparently on the road to recovery, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the White House and beyond has nonetheless rocked the political world.
Others who have been diagnosed in the last week include Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), according to Vox, as well as Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, top Trump aide Hope Hicks, and former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.
On Saturday morning, Trump ally and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also announced that he was confirmed positive for COVID-19, Vox reported.
The leaders join some 7.4 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the disease since the pandemic first began early this spring, according to data from The New York Times. Over 209,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, the Times reports.
“Greater than ever before”
According to The Hill, Barr seems to have been spared by the viral outbreak, at least for now. The DOJ said he was tested “out of an abundance of caution,” The Hill reported.
Also testing negative in recent days are many members of Trump’s cabinet, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar.
The president, for his part, first announced that he had tested positive in a tweet after midnight Thursday. Since then, he’s continued to provide updates on his condition, as well as messages of thanks to supporters, via Twitter.
I really appreciate all of the fans and supporters outside of the hospital. The fact is, they really love our Country and are seeing how we are MAKING IT GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020