CPAC: conservative conference guest tests positive for coronavirus

The American Conservative Union revealed on Saturday that someone who took part in its recent grassroots conservative conference, CPAC, which was attended by Donald Trump and the US vice-president, Mike Pence, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The organization put out a statement on Twitter on Saturday evening that said one of the CPAC attendees “has unfortunately tested positive” and noted that their “exposure” occurred before the conference. The gathering took place in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in late February and was attended by many leading party figures as well as thousands of grassroots members, often accompanied by spouses, children and friends.

“A New Jersey hospital tested the person and the CDC [the federal public health agency the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] confirmed the result. The individual is under the care of medical professionals in New Jersey and has been quarantined,” the statement continued.

It informed anyone with concerns to contact the ACU or the department of health of the state of Maryland and urged people to remain calm.

The statement said: “This attendee had no contact with the president or vice-president and never attended the events in the main hall.”

It noted that the Trump administration had been informed of the situation.

ACU
(@ACUConservative)

Important Health Notification for CPAC 2020 participants and attendees. pic.twitter.com/NtahNO8st3

March 7, 2020

“We will continue regular communication with all appropriate government officials,” the statement continued.

Philip Wegmann
(@PhilipWegmann)

Over 19,000 people attended CPAC last year, and 2020 also had a similar crowd.

March 7, 2020

The ACU chairman, Matt Schlapp, had previously tweeted a proud message about introducing the president at the CPAC event last weekend.

Matt Schlapp
(@mschlapp)

What an honor to introduce @realDonaldTrump at #CPAC2020.

Watch all of President Trump’s CPAC 2020 speech here: https://t.co/gMusCAiuAv pic.twitter.com/0cQ1mYOkAw

March 6, 2020

He then retweeted several posts from a journalist at the conservative-leaning RealClearPolitics media outlet.

Philip Wegmann
(@PhilipWegmann)

CPAC didn’t dawdle. @mschlapp tells me he found out just a couple hours before the statement went out:

“Our statement really does speak for itself. We are just being transparent and I feel bad for my friend but it’s important for our attendees to know what happened.”

March 7, 2020

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

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