Trump reportedly ‘sounded upbeat’ day after COVID diagnosis

Hours after being diagnosed with COVID-19, President Trump sounded “upbeat” Friday when he spoke with Sen. Lindsey Graham and asked about the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman’s spokesman said.

Trump “sounded good, sounded upbeat” and asked first about the confirmation hearing plans for High Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the aide said.

“Full steam ahead,” the aide told Reuters when asked if the schedule for hearings to begin Oct. 12 could change.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said the Senate would advance the conservative judge’s confirmation but sounded a cautious note about the potential impact of the virus.

“I think we can move forward. Our biggest enemy, obviously, is … the coronavirus, keeping everybody healthy and well and in place to do our job,” McConnell told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, according to Reuters.

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