OPINION| SPECULATION| While my partner in Spreely and I were at CPAC a few weeks ago I remember commenting to him that it was likely that someone with Coronavirus was in attendance at the event.
The fact that people from all over the nation, and likely much of the free world, attended the 4 day event, combined with the longer incubation period of Covid-19, made it a pretty sure thing that there was going to be at least one person, likely asymptomatic, at CPAC.
Well, just the other day we learned that our hypothesis was correct.
American Conservative Union sent out the following letter to attendees and via their Twitter account:
Important Health Notification for CPAC 2020 participants and attendees. pic.twitter.com/NtahNO8st3
— ACU (@ACUConservative) March 7, 2020
Well, now we are learning that things could be more dicey than we initially thought.
While we were aware that the leader of the ACU and CPAC, Matt Schlapp, was exposed to the virus carrier, we were initially told President Trump was not.
We still believe this to be true.
Matt Schlapp joined FOX and Friends Weekend this Sunday morning to discuss the announcement.
Matt Schlapp: “I did. I did. I had incidental contact with him very briefly. That is something that concerns everybody… He’s in quarantine… He (the patient) had no contact with the president and vice president…
We had Purell and hand sanitizer stations — I think over 30 of then all over the conference. I think everybody was scrubbing down all the time because they realized they were at a very big public event…
I can tell you, when the president was on site at CPAC, he lives by what he tells us. Because I saw him scrubbing down his hands and clean his hands more than once while he was on the premises… The patient was there most of the time… We are not alarmed at all.”
Now President Trump spoke at the conference on the final day, Saturday, at around 3 or 4 PM EST. This means that the odds are that Mr. Schlapp was in contact with the patient BEFORE he met with, and likely, shook hands with President Trump.
We are being told that the virus ‘may linger on contaminated surfaces‘ (such as Schlapp’s clothes or person) making it possible, tho unlikely, that President Trump came in contact with the virus.
Again, we do not know which day the attendee was in contact with Schlapp, and this is all speculation at this point. We are in no way certain that President Trump was exposed.
We will keep you abreast of the situation as we learn more.
Video from Friday shows President Trump shaking hands with Rep. Doug Collins, who just confirmed that he is self-quarantined after coming into contact with someone recently diagnosed with coronavirus https://t.co/ArWlKp4pIj pic.twitter.com/2wHIlDLOST
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2020