Three GOP Lawmakers Flew On Plane Despite Exposure To Trump
Republican Reps. Pete Stauber, Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn, all of Minnesota, took a commercial flight home from Washington, D.C., on Friday after having traveled on Air Force One with President Trump just two days before.
- Trump announced early Friday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
- CBS Minnesota reported that the Republican congressmen took a Delta Air Lines flight on Friday night, despite the airline’s policy prohibiting passengers recently exposed to COVID-19.
- “The airline defines exposure as face-to-face contact with someone with the virus or sustained contact for more than 15 minutes less than 6 feet (2 meters) apart," according to the report.
- Hagedorn insisted in a Facebook post that the three congressmen had tested negative and had not been exposed to anyone with the virus for longer than 15 minutes and closer than 6 feet.
Delta spokeswoman Gina Laughlin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the flight was less than 40% full and that no one left the plane before it took off to protest the men’s presence.