Rose Garden COVID ‘superspreader’ at White House drew hundreds



More than 200 people attended the Sept. 26 event at the White House Rose Garden where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The festive function – which drew high-profile public officials, religious leaders and other dignitaries – has since been called a likely coronavirus “superspreader” after nearly a dozen people in attendance later tested positive for COVID-19.

Among attendees testing positive are Trump and first lady Melania Trump; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins; pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie; and freelance photographer Al Drago.

USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. If you know of someone who is not on our list, please fill out this form.

We think we’ve identified the following people. The names in bold indicate those who have tested positive for coronavirus since the White House event. Seated on the left: 

1. Kate Todd, White House lawyer

2. Rebecca Cipollone, Pat Cipollone’s wife

3. Pat Cipollone, White House counsel

4. Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff

5. William Barr, U.S. attorney general

6. Tiffany Trump, president’s daughter

7. Karen Pence, second lady

8. Mike Pence, vice president

9. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

10. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

11. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

12. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

13. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

14. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

15. Sharon Lee, wife of Sen. Mike Lee

16. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

17. Patrick Filbin, deputy counsel to the president

19. Jed Doty, associate counsel to the president

20. Tara Helfman, associate counsel, White House

21. Sean Sandoloski, associate counsel to the president

22. Bethany Pickett, deputy associate counsel

23. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.

24. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.

25. Scott Gast, deputy counsel to the president

26. Marc Short, chief of staff for VP Mike Pence

27. Kristen Short, Marc Short’s wife

28. Chris Liddell, deputy chief of staff, White House

29. Renee Harbers Liddell, Harbers Foundation

30. May Davis, deputy assistant to the president

31. Alyssa Farah, White House communications director

32. Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary

33. Michael Farris, president and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom

34. Marah McLeod, Notre Dame, associate professor of Law

35. Lisa Nagle, Leader Source, Indiana

37. Leslie Alford, Roger Alford’s wife

38. Roger Alford, Notre Dame law professor

39. Julian Velasco, Notre Dame, associate professor of law

41. Robert O’Brien, national security adviser

42. Jeffrey Pojanowski, Notre Dame law professor

43. Sarah Pojanowski, wife of Jeffrey Pojanowski

44. Kay Coles James, president, Heritage Foundation

46. O. Carter Snead, Notre Dame professor of law

47. Leigh Snead, wife of O. Carter Snead

48. Maureen Blum, president, SCI

49. William Mumma, Beckett Fund

50. Anthony De Nicola, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe managing partner

51. Dan Kelly, Notre Dame professor of law

52. Wife of Dan Kelly

53. Ed Whelan, president, Ethics and Public Policy Center

54. Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser for the president’s campaign 

56. Maureen Ferguson, senior fellow for Catholic Association

57. Michael Ferguson, former House member from New Jersey

65. Jeffrey Wall, solicitor general

66. Trevor McFadden, district judge

75. Nicole Stelle Garnett, Notre Dame law professor

84. Mercedes Schlapp, senior adviser for Trump-Pence Campaign

85. Matt Schlapp, lobbyist and chair of the American Conservative Union

86. Tom Fitton, president, Judicial Watch

90. Mallory Blount, White House, director of specialty media

And, seated on the right:

First Lady Melania Trump

102. Jesse Barrett, husband of Amy Coney Barrett

107. The Barrett babysitter

108. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president

109. Patricia Scalia, wife of Eugene Scalia

110. Eugene Scalia, Labor secretary, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

111. Maureen Scalia, widow of the late Justice Antonin Scalia

112. Father Paul Scalia, another son of the Scalias

113. Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services secretary

114. Jeffrey Rosen, deputy U.S. attorney general

115. Laura Ingraham, FOX News host

116. Laurence Silberman, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals

118. C. Boyden Gray, Washington, D.C., attorney and former diplomat

119. G Marcus Cole, Notre Dame dean and law professor

120. The Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University

121. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

122. Cissie Lynch, member of the president’s Faith Advisory Council

123. Paula White-Cain, White House Faith and Opportunity initiative and pastor

124. Jenny Hegseth, Pete Hegseth’s wife

125. Pete Hegseth, “FOX & Friends” weekend co-host

126. Greg Laurie, pastor and evangelist, Southern California

127. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Texas

128. Harry Jackson, president, Harry Jackson Ministries

129. Andrew Brunson, pastor and author

130. Robert Morris, founding pastor, Gateway Church, Dallas

131. Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor, Free Chapel, Georgia

132. Jerry Prevo, acting president, Liberty University

133. Skip Heitzig, senior Pastor of Calvary Church, Albuquerque

134. Paolo Carozza, Notre Dame law school

135. Tony Perkins, president, Family Research Council

136. Corey Lewandowski, lobbyist

137. David Bossie, president and chairman, Citizens United

138. Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor

139. John Malcolm, VP, Institute for Constitutional Government, Heritage Foundation

140. Ramiro Pena, senior pastor, Christ the King Church, Texas

141. Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots

142. Ralph Reed, chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition

143. Gary Marx, president, Madison Strategies

145. Cleta Mitchell, Foley & Lardner LLP, Washington, D.C.

146. Heather Higgins, Independent Women’s Voice chair

147. Bruce Huber, Notre Dame law professor

148. Sarah Huber, wife of Bruce Huber

149. Abigail Kozel, wife of Randy Kozel

150. Randy Kozel, Notre Dame law professor

151. Alex Vogel, Vogel Group

152. Son of Alex and Jill Vogel

153. Jill Holtzman Vogel, Virginia state senator

154. Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life president

158. Beth Williams, Department of Justice

159. Gary Bauer, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom member

164. Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president

166. Theodore Wold, special assistant to the president

167. Megan Wold, attorney, Kirkland and Ellis

168. Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List president

170. Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America, CEO

177. Steven Engel, assistant attorney general

178. Claire Musker Murray, principal deputy associate attorney general

179. Tobi Young, vice president government affairs, Cognizant

181. Kate O’Scannlain, solicitor of Labor

182. John Garvey, Catholic University of America president

183. Jeanne Mancini, March for Life president

184. Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network president

188. Mike Davis, president of the Article III project

191. Chad Gilmartin, principal assistant press secretary

192. Karoline Leavitt, assistant press secretary

Contributing: Javier Zarracina, Dinah Voyles Pulver, Nicholas Wu, Katie Wedell, Jeanine Santucci, Jayme Fraser, David Baratz.



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