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President Trump says he and the first lady have ‘tested positive for COVID-19’

Hunter Walker
Hunter Walker
·White House Correspondent
Fri, October 2, 2020, 1:47 AM EDT
 
 

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump have “tested positive for COVID-19.”

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump wrote.

Trump made the announcement about two hours after he said that he and the first lady were “waiting for our test results,” following the news that Hope Hicks, a top White House aide with whom they had recently traveled on Air Force One, had tested positive.

“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19,” Trump wrote. “Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the total number of people in the president’s inner circle and staff who may also have been infected with the disease, which, as of Friday morning, has killed at least 207,789 Americans.

A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence did not immediately respond to requests for comment about whether he had been tested for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

At 74 years of age, Trump is at increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. His testing positive could also have major implications for the presidential election, which is just 32 days away.

Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, said in a statement that “the President and the First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

Trump, who trails former Vice President Joe Biden in most national and key swing state polls, had planned numerous campaign events in the coming days. Sickness or a lengthy quarantine could prevent Trump from attending the next scheduled debate with Biden on Oct. 15, or from campaigning in the final stretch.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the end of the first presidential debate. (AP/Patrick Semansky)
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the end of the first presidential debate. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Shortly after Trump’s announcement, the first lady sent out her own tweet.

“As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19,” she wrote. “We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

The first lady did not respond to a request for comment.

Only three world leaders are known to have tested positive for COVID-19: Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, all of whom initially underestimated the threat of the virus.

In recorded interviews with journalist Bob Woodward, Trump admitted that he did not want to overplay the threat of COVID-19 to the American people. “I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward in March. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

During the pandemic, the president has continued to travel and hold some large events around the country, many in violation of local social distancing regulations. At these events, the president and his staff regularly appear without masks, although supporters are regularly offered face coverings. Trump has also held events at the White House where few masks have been seen. Lax social distancing protocols are the norm, for example at the crowded Sept. 26 ceremony in the Rose Garden, when the president unveiled his nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, before a large crowd.

Hicks, who did not respond to requests for comment, is one of the president’s closest aides and often travels with him. She served as his spokesperson throughout the 2016 campaign, before going on to work in the White House. According to Bloomberg, which was first to report Hicks’s positive COVID test, she experienced symptoms on Wednesday night on the plane returning from Trump’s rally in Duluth, Minn., and subsequently tested positive on Thursday. Hicks also traveled with Trump to the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday.

White House social media director Dan Scavino, left, wears a face mask as he accompanies President Trump, right, aboard Marine One as they depart Thursday. (AP/Alex Brandon)
White House social media director Dan Scavino, left, wears a face mask as he accompanies President Trump, right, aboard Marine One as they depart Thursday. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Although Hicks displayed symptoms on Wednesday evening, Trump flew to his golf club in New Jersey on Thursday and held multiple events. Following Hicks’s diagnosis, Trump had been scheduled to hold a roundtable at his hotel in Washington, D.C., and a rally in Florida on Friday. Shortly after Trump announced his test results, the White House released updated guidance indicating that those events would be canceled.

Trump and his staff reportedly did not wear masks at the debate venue. His opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his aides did wear masks at the event, though Biden appeared without a mask onstage with Trump. The pair did not shake hands and stayed some distance apart, as dictated by protocols put in place by the Cleveland Clinic, which co-hosted the event.

In the wake of the news about Hicks, Biden’s campaign reportedly asked a member of the media who was scheduled to travel with him on Friday not to join the press pool, because the reporter in question had traveled to Minnesota on board Air Force One with Trump and Hicks. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Trump’s diagnosis.

On the debate stage Tuesday, Trump mocked Biden for wearing a mask.

“Every time you see him, he’s got a mask,” Trump said, as Biden laughed. “He could be speaking 200 feet away from it. And he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-says-he-and-the-first-lady-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19-054718866.html

 

Praying for a safe and speedy recovery for the Trump's and Miss Hicks.  

 

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Hopefully, as he and the First Lady recover, he uses this as a time of reflection and pushes hard for the use of masks as a deterrent to the virus.  This sad and dangerous situation could be a real op

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Shock, sympathy, criticism: World reacts to Trump infection

LORI HINNANT and FOSTER KLUG
Fri, October 2, 2020, 3:56 AM EDT
 
 

TOKYO (AP) — News that the world’s most powerful man was infected with the world’s most notorious disease drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, the ever-present outrage and curiosity surrounding everything about President Donald Trump.

Trump's announcement Friday, on Twitter, that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and the deep uncertainty that accompanied it, flashed across screens large and small, upending countless plans and sparking comment everywhere from presidential offices to the thousands looking to weigh in on social media.

The positive test reading for the leader of the world’s largest economy adds more uncertainty to investors' worries, especially about its effect on the Nov. 3 election between the Republican president and Democrat Joe Biden. U.S. stock futures and most world markets fell on the news as did the price of oil.

World leaders were quick to weigh in, with official sympathy from the top and something approaching schadenfreude elsewhere. Trump joins a growing list of the powerful who have contracted the virus, including many who were skeptical of the disease.

“I hope that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus,” Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a direct message to Trump released by the Kremlin.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted “My best wishes to President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS for a full and speedy recovery.” The Trump administration in July formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from WHO, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year. Trump claims the U.N. health agency is in need of reform and is heavily influenced by China.

Italian right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini tweeted: “In Italy and in the world, whoever celebrates the illness of a man or of a woman, and who comes to wish the death of a neighbor, confirms what he is: An idiot without soul. A hug to Melania and Donald.″

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized for a week in April after he contracted COVID-19, wished Trump a “speedy recovery.”

Dr. Bharat Pankhania, who advises Johnson's government on communicable disease control, said he hopes that Trump’s positive test sends a message to the president and other leaders.

“We need politicians, especially politicians like President Trump who has a lot of power and influence, to take this seriously and to support their scientists and clinicians in leading the outbreak management, rather than have political influence in trying to deny that this virus is in circulation and drag your feet around control measures because it suited your agenda.”

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, speaking at a weekly news conference, did not mention Trump's reluctance to wear masks when asked about his infection, but she said the news “reminded me of how widely masks are worn in Japan.”

Major media across the globe also played up the announcement, with bulletins crawling across TV screens in Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai and Beijing.

“To say this potentially could be a big deal is an understatement,” Rabobank said in a commentary. “Anyway, everything now takes a backseat to the latest incredible twist in this U.S. election campaign.”

China’s official Xinhua News Agency flashed the news, and an anchor on state broadcaster CCTV announced it; there was no immediate comment from the government Friday, the second day of an eight-day national holiday.

The positive test result for Trump and his wife was the most searched topic in China on the widely used social media app Weibo a few hours after the announcement, with most comments mocking or critical.

One user darkly joked that Trump had finally tweeted something positive.

The Chinese government has bristled at Trump’s attempts to blame China, where the disease emerged, for the pandemic and called for global cooperation in fighting it, a message that has resonated with the public.

Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the state-owned Global Times newspaper, tweeted in English that “President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19.”

Multiple Arab news media outlets on Friday continuously broadcast footage of Trump and his wife after the virus announcement.

Al-Arabiya, a Saudi-owned satellite channel based in Dubai, cut to a long live shot of the White House. Qatari state-owned Al Jazeera channel brought in four commentators to discuss the “prevailing state of uncertainty” in the United States, questioning whether Trump could effectively steer a reelection campaign and run the country from quarantine.

Iranian state television announced Trump had the virus, an anchor breaking the news with an unflattering image of the U.S. president surrounded by what appeared to be giant coronaviruses. U.S.-Iran ties have suffered since Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed crushing sanctions.

Social media platforms were ablaze with quick reaction.

Would Trump blame the Chinese? Would he thumb his nose at his critics and enemies by breezing through the quarantine without serious symptoms, tweeting away from the White House? Would he become gravely ill, or worse, and, if he did, what would that mean for the U.S. election, one of the most contentious in recent history? What would it mean for U.S. leadership during tumultuous times?

While the uncertainty seemed palpable on a scroll through various social media in an array of languages, many comments seemed to revel in the announcement.

“Here comes a chance for him to actually try out his idea of injecting disinfectant into himself and fighting back (against allegations that) it was fake news!” tweeted Hiroyuki Nishimura, a Japanese internet entrepreneur, referring to an idea Trump floated earlier this year for treatment.

Keio University economics professor Masaru Kaneko tweeted that populist leaders like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro "got infected because they tended not to take the coronavirus seriously. The two other leaders seriously tackled (the virus) after they got infected themselves. Will the United States follow their examples?”

And the satirical Australian news site, the Betoota Advocate, posted a story with this headline: “Trump Family Records More Cases Of Community Transmission Than Entire State Of Queensland.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/shock-sympathy-mockery-world-reacts-075631728.html

 

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Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. A look at where he's traveled and who he's been with these past seven days

Christal Hayes, USA TODAY
Fri, October 2, 2020, 3:51 AM EDT
 
 

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and first Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, a startling piece of news felt across the country.

Reaction to that news was swift and included an outpouring of support. But there are unanswered questions about the timeline of when and how the president was infected, though his positive test was revealed soon after news broke that White House adviser Hope Hicks had herself tested positive after spending time with Trump.

Trump, 74, is known for staying busy and traveling around the country for both work and play. But he was especially active these past seven days, including hosting rallies, taking part in the debate, and introducing his Supreme Court nominee.

The White House uses rapid tests made by Abbott that allow for quicker results and officials are tested frequently. It can take up to four days to develop enough viral particles in your nose for a test to come back positive, meaning the day you are exposed, you likely would not get positive test results.

Here is what we know about where the president has traveled over the last week, using the White House's official schedule.

Thursday, Oct. 1:

The president left Washington and headed to New Jersey, where he participated in a roundtable event with supporters and a fundraising reception at his golf club in Bedminster.

He arrived back in Washington that evening and participated in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Wednesday, Sept. 30:

President Donald Trump tosses a hat to supporters as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ORG XMIT: MNAB113
President Donald Trump tosses a hat to supporters as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ORG XMIT: MNAB113

Trump traveled to from Washington to Minnesota, where he first participated in a private fundraising reception in Shorewood then traveled to Duluth to host a Make America Great Again rally.

He returned to Washington after the event.

Tuesday, Sept. 29:

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden argue about white supremacy and antifa at their first debate.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden argue about white supremacy and antifa at their first debate.

Trump left Washington and headed to Ohio for the first presidential debate between him and former Vice President Joe Biden.

While he was distanced from Biden on stage and the pair did not shake hands, it's unclear whether Biden was being tested or taking any additional precautions. His campaign did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

Monday, Sept. 28:

President Donald Trump speaks about coronavirus testing strategy, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks about coronavirus testing strategy, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Washington.

The first event on Trump's schedule was an event in the Rose Garden where the president outlined an update on the nation's coronavirus testing strategy, where he announced 150 million Abbott rapid point-of-care tests would be sent out across the nation.

After the event, Trump appeared outside the White House for a photo opportunity in front of a Lordstown Motors 2021 endurance truck, an electric pickup truck made in Ohio.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Peter Navarro, a senior trade adviser to the president, were present for the event.

Sunday, Sept. 27:

Trump started his day at his golf resort in Virginia.

Later in the day, he held a news conference at the White House, where he touted Barrett's nomination to the high court, attacked Obamacare as "terrible" and attacked former Vice President Joe Biden.

That evening, the president and first lady hosted a reception of Gold Star families at the White House.

Saturday, Sept. 26:

The first event on the president's schedule was a greeting with Evangelical Faith Leaders.

Later that day, the president officially nominated federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett as his pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and her family walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade after Trump announced Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court at the White House Sept. 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 38 days until the election, Trump tapped Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years and to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and her family walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade after Trump announced Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court at the White House Sept. 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 38 days until the election, Trump tapped Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years and to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. More

Barrett was photographed in close proximity to the president during the event in the Rose Garden. She has spent the week meeting with members of the U.S. Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ahead of her confirmation hearings later this month.

Those at the White House event included Attorney General William Barr, and a slew of senators.

After the event, Trump headed to Middletown, Penn. where he hosted a campaign rally. He headed back to Washington after the rally.

US President Donald Trump and National President of the Fraternal Order of Police Patrick Yoes speak during a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally at Harrisburg international airport in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
US President Donald Trump and National President of the Fraternal Order of Police Patrick Yoes speak during a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally at Harrisburg international airport in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Friday, Sept. 25:

Trump was in Florida and started his day with a Latinos for Trump roundtable event at his Trump National Doral resort in South Florida.

Trump, after the event, traveled from Miami to Atlanta, where he offered a speech on Black empowerment and unveiled a new plan, dubbed the Black Economic Empowerment "Platinum Plan," aimed at winning over Black voters ahead of November.

He then traveled back to Washington where he participated in a roundtable with supporters at his hotel just miles from the White House.

After the event, he headed to Virginia for a Make American Great Again rally at the Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport. He headed back to the White House after the event.

SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive for a campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020.
SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive for a campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump tests positive for COVID-19:

 

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Hopefully, as he and the First Lady recover, he uses this as a time of reflection and pushes hard for the use of masks as a deterrent to the virus.  This sad and dangerous situation could be a real opportunity for him to save lives.....I hope he uses it to all of our advantages.

 

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Read the letter from the White House physician about Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis

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NBC News
Fri, October 2, 2020, 2:20 AM EDT
 
 

Here's the letter from the White House physician about President Donald Trump's positive coronavirus test:

MEMORANDUM FOR: KAYLEIGH MCENANY, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY

FROM: SEAN P. CONLEY, DO, FACEP, PHYSICIAN TO THE PRESIDENT, COMMANDER, U.S. NAVY

SUBJECT: President Donald J. Trump & First Lady Melania Trump’s COVID-19 Tests

I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.

The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.

Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/read-letter-white-house-physician-053349243.html

 

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Melania Trump says she is 'feeling good' after testing positive for COVID-19

 
 
Catherine Garcia
Fri, October 2, 2020, 1:53 AM EDT
 
 
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First lady Melania Trump tweeted early Friday morning that she is "feeling good" after testing positive for COVID-19.

Both President Trump and the first lady tested positive for the virus on Thursday night. Melania Trump tweeted that they are "quarantining at home" and have "postponed all upcoming engagements." She asked Americans to stay safe, adding, "we will all get through this together."

The Trumps were tested after one of the president's close advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus. She traveled with Trump to Cleveland on Tuesday and Minnesota on Wednesday, and tested positive on Thursday morning. NBC News' White House Unit put together a list of people who have recently traveled with Hicks, and it includes all of the president's adult children; White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany; senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller; and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.

 

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The Latest: Biden, Dems send well wishes to Trump

  • In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, from l-r., first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
  • President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he walks from Marine One to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, as he returns from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, from l-r., first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
 
Fri, October 2, 2020, 1:40 AM EDT
 
 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump testing positive for the coronavirus (all times EDT):

9:40 a.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s praying for the president and hopes his testing positive for COVID-19 might be a “learning experience” about the virus.

“Let us all pray for the president’s health," Pelosi said on MSNBC. She added, “This is tragic, It is very sad.”

 

The speaker said she was tested out of caution and is awaiting results. But said warned against “brazen” behavior that allowed “something like this to happen”

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9:30 a.m.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is wishing President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump a “full and speedy recovery” after they contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Harris tweeted Friday that she and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are “keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.”

Harris is scheduled to campaign in Las Vegas on Friday. It was not immediately clear whether those plans would change.

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8:55 a.m.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Friday that he and his wife Jill “send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery” after they tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a Friday morning tweet, he added, “We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

It was not immediately clear whether the former vice president had been tested since appearing at Tuesday’s presidential debate with Trump or whether he was taking any additional safety protocols. Trump and Biden did not shake hands during the debate but stood without masks about 10 feet apart for the 90-minute event.

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8:30 a.m.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace says members of President Donald Trump’s family didn’t wear masks while they were watching the first presidential debate inside a hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Tuesday night. Wallace moderated the first presidential debate of the campaign.

Wallace said, “People in the hall did notice that while they were all wearing masks, including my wife and four children, that the first family did not wear masks during the debate. ... It is worth noting that different people treated the safety rules inside the hall differently.”

Wallace said on “Fox & Friends” on Friday that Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and members of her group all wore masks throughout the debate.

“On the Trump side of the hall, Mrs. Trump came in wearing a mask, but took it off once she said sat down,” Wallace said.

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8:10 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning, hours after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence “remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”

Pence is tested every day for the virus, O’Malley confirmed.

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5:15 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is extending wishes of a speedy recovery to U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, and expressing “sincere support in this difficult moment,” according to a statement released by the Kremlin on Friday.

Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Kremlin says Putin sent Trump a telegram saying that his "inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus.”

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5 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus after they were examined on their airplane 20 minutes prior to landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Friday.

He said it was the fourth time in two weeks he has been tested.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pompeo says the last time he was with Trump was on Sept. 15, at the White House, for the signing of normalization agreements among Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The top U.S. diplomat says he is reconsidering upcoming travel to Florida on Saturday and Asia starting Sunday as a precaution.

He says, “We are praying for the president and the First Lady and we hope they have a speedy recovery."

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4:30 a.m.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is wishing U.S. President Donald Trump a “speedy recovery” from COVID-19.

Johnson tweeted Friday morning: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

Johnson was hospitalized for a week in April after he contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. After he was released, the prime minister thanked doctors and nurses at St. Thomas’s Hospital for saving his life. Johnson was treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he received oxygen but was not put on a ventilator.

Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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4:20 a.m.

The Kremlin is sending wishes of speedy recovery to U.S. President Donald Trump after he said he and his wife Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We certainly wish President Trump a speedy and easy recovery,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday.

Russia currently has the fourth largest coronavirus caseload in the world with over 1.19 million confirmed cases and more than 21,000 deaths. The outbreak in Russia started to grow rapidly in September, with health officials reporting 9,412 new confirmed cases Friday in the largest daily surge since late May.

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3:55 a.m.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wishing the U.S. president and the first lady a “full and speedy recovery” after they said they tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I are thinking of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full and speedy recovery,” Netanyahu tweeted on his official account, referring to his wife.

Netanyahu led an Israeli delegation to the White House for the Sept. 15 signing of normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at an outdoor ceremony attended by hundreds of people. Attendees did not practice social distancing and most guests did not wear masks.

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2:20 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence says he and his wife, Karen, are sending their “love and prayers” to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after the Trumps announced early Friday that they had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pence says on Twitter, “We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery.”

Trump’s positive test came just hours after he confirmed late Thursday that senior aide Hope Hicks had come down with the virus.

The White House had no immediate comment on whether Pence had been tested after the Trumps’ and Hicks’ diagnoses.

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1:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s White House doctor has issued a statement saying the president will continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” after contracting the coronavirus.

Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to the president, says the president and first lady Melania Trump “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

Trump has canceled plans to attend a fundraiser and to fly to Florida for a rally on Friday, but he did keep on his schedule a previously planned midday telephone call “on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-wh-doctor-says-trump-054006308.html

 

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Matteo Salvini tweeted: “In Italy and in the world, whoever celebrates the illness of a man or of a woman, and who comes to wish the death of a neighbor, confirms what he is: An idiot without soul.

 

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Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has 'mild symptoms'

JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER
Fri, October 2, 2020, 3:31 AM EDT
 
 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms" of COVID-19 after revealing early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunged the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining. The White House physician said the president was expected to continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” while recovering. A White House official said Friday morning that the president was experiencing mild symptoms but was working from the White House residence.

Trump’s diagnosis was sure to have a destabilizing effect in Washington and around the world, raising questions about how far the virus had spread through the highest levels of the U.S. government. Hours before Trump announced he had contracted the virus, the White House said a top aide who had traveled with him during the week had tested positive.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," Trump tweeted just before 1 a.m. "We will get through this TOGETHER!”

Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus on Friday morning and “remains in good health," his spokesman said.

Many White House and senior administration officials were undergoing tests Friday, but the full scale of the outbreak around the president may not be known for some time as it can take days for an infection to be detectable by a test. Officials with the White House Medical Unit were tracing the president's contacts.

Trump was considering how he might address the nation or otherwise communicate with the American people Friday, an official added.

Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and did not appear ill. He is 74 years old and clinically obese, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has infected more than 7 million people nationwide.

The president’s physician said in a memo that Trump and the first lady, who is 50, “are both well at this time” and “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” Their son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative.

Trump has been trying all year to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is behind them. In the best of cases, if he develops no symptoms, which can include fever, cough and breathing trouble, it will likely force him off the campaign trail just weeks before the election and puts his participation in the second presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami, into doubt.

Trump’s handling of the pandemic has already been a major flashpoint in his race against Democrat Joe Biden, who spent much of the summer off the campaign trail and at his home in Delaware citing concern about the virus. Biden has since resumed a more active campaign schedule, but with small, socially distanced crowds. He also regularly wears a mask in public, something Trump mocked him for at Tuesday night’s debate.

“I don’t wear masks like him," Trump said of Biden. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

In a tweet Friday morning, Biden said he and his wife “send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

It was not immediately clear whether the former vice president had been tested since appearing at the debate with Trump or whether he was taking any additional safety protocols. Trump and Biden did not shake hands during the debate, but stood without masks about 10 feet apart for the 90-minute event.

World leaders offered the president and first family their best wishes after their diagnosis, as governments used their case as a reminder for their citizens to wear masks and practice social distancing measures.

Trump's announcement came hours after he confirmed that Hope Hicks, one of his most trusted and longest-serving aides, had been diagnosed with the virus Thursday. Hicks began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday evening, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private information. She was isolated from other passengers aboard the plane, the person said.

Hicks had been with Trump and other senior staff aboard Marine One and Air Force One en route to that rally and had accompanied the president to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, along with members of the Trump family. The Trump contingent removed their masks during the debate, in violation of the venue rules.

Multiple White House staffers have previously tested positive for the virus, including Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and one of the president’s personal valets. An RNC official confirmed Friday that Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel learned she had tested positive Wednesday afternoon. She has been at her home in Michigan since last Saturday and did not attend the debate.

But Trump has consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable. He has mostly refused to abide by basic public health guidelines — including those issued by his own administration — such as wearing face coverings in public and practicing social distancing. Instead, he has continued to hold campaign rallies that draw thousands of often mask-less supporters.

“I felt no vulnerability whatsoever,” he told reporters back in May.

The news was sure to rattle an already shaken nation still grappling with how to safely reopen the economy without driving virus transmission. The White House has access to near-unlimited resources, including a constant supply of quick-result tests, and still failed to keep the president safe, raising questions about how the rest of the country will be able to protect its workers, students and the public as businesses and schools reopen. U.S. stock futures declined on the news of Trump's diagnosis.

Questions remain about why Trump and his aides continued to come to work and travel after Hicks fell ill. Trump traveled to New Jersey on Thursday for a fundraiser, potentially exposing attendees to the virus. Trump's social media director Dan Scavino and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who were originally set to join him on the trip, were replaced at the last minute by other aides.

But McEnany still briefed the press Thursday morning and made no mention of Hicks' suspected illness, raising anew concerns about White House transparency.

It is unclear where the Trumps and Hicks may have caught the virus, but in a Fox interview, Trump seemed to suggest it may have been spread by someone in the military or law enforcement in greetings.

The White House began instituting a daily testing regimen for the president’s senior aides after earlier positive cases close to the president. Anyone in close proximity to the president or vice president is also tested every day, including reporters.

Several members of Trump’s Cabinet were undergoing testing for COVID-19 Friday. The president’s youngest son, Barron, tested negative "and all precautions are being taken to ensure he’s kept safe and healthy,” said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman. Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers, also tested negative, the White House said.

Yet since the early days of the pandemic, experts have questioned the health and safety protocols at the White House and asked why more wasn’t being done to protect the commander in chief. Trump continued to shake hands with visitors long after public health officials were warning against it, and he initially resisted being tested.

Trump is far from the first world leader to test positive for the virus, which previously infected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spent a week in the hospital, including three nights in intensive care. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized last month while fighting what he called a “hellish” case of COVID-19.

 

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Bipartisan 'get well soon' wishes for Trump, but some Democrats send pointed message

 
 
Rebecca Shabad
Fri, October 2, 2020, 10:01 AM EDT
 
 

WASHINGTON — Messages for a quick recovery began flooding in Friday from lawmakers reacting to the news that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19.

They were bipartisan — Democrats and Republicans offered prayers and wishes of "get well soon" to the president and his wife, with some Democrats wondering whether contracting the coronavirus would change Trump's outlook on the pandemic.

"This is tragic, it's very sad, but it also is something that, again, going into crowds unmasked and all the rest is sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on MSNBC's "Live with Stephanie Ruhle. "It's sad that it did, but nonetheless hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about."

Pelosi said she was tested Friday morning for Covid-19 because of her in-person meetings with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, although his spokesman said that he has tested negative. The speaker said she is awaiting her results.

 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said he hopes Trump now realizes the seriousness of the disease, especially after he previously suggested that people inject themselves with disinfectant to combat the virus.

"Mr. President — if these reports are confirmed, I wish you and the first lady well," Castro said. "I hope this is a wake-up call that this virus is not a hoax or something cured by injecting bleach. We need a plan, not the same divisive, dangerous rhetoric."

Rep. Nanette Barragán, D-Calif., tweeted, "Unfortunately, POTUS' experience with COVID may determine if he changes his tune and attitude or not. If he quickly recovers & is symptom free, will he continue to mock those who wear a mask? Will he still say (re: deaths) 'it is what it is'? Or continue to downplay its danger?"

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One Democrat, Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey, retweeted a video clip from Tuesday's presidential debate in which Trump mocked Biden for wearing a mask. Pascrell said, "Please wear a mask. It protects you and it protects others around you."

"Now, President Trump must quarantine completely and strictly follow CDC guidance before he puts anyone else at risk. And the super-spreading rallies must stop. This virus is not a hoax," Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., tweeted.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said on Twitter that he sends his best wishes to the president and the first lady "and to the more than 46,000 Americans — and 450 Virginians" diagnosed with the disease on Thursday. The governor and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Friday, "This virus doesn't care if you're rich or poor, a Republican or a Democrat, young or old. No one is immune. Not even the president."

Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., said she hopes Trump, the first lady and their staff recover quickly, and added, "This is a serious disease. Everyone please continue to remain vigilant — wear your masks, maintain social distance, and wash your hands often."

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., said on Twitter that he hopes the president and the first lady have a "speedy recovery" and said, "Far too many families have had to suffer because of this virus."

"I hope he recovers fully. He needs to face justice," tweeted Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., who had "please wear a mask" in his twitter username.

"I assume Judge Coney Barrett will be responsibly quarantining for the next two weeks," Huffman added, noting that Barrett had met with Trump in the last week and with senators at the Capitol this week as they consider her Supreme Court nomination.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., tweeted that everyone is at risk, "Say a prayer for our president and our country. We're all at risk and our nation is in great peril. We must pull through by pulling together. We can be strong, victorious and good."

"COVID didn't sneak up on the President," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted. "Since the spring, the White House has had multiple positive cases, including several people who have direct contact with Trump. And yet he didn't wear a mask at public events or private meetings at the White House."

Trump revealed in a tweet Friday just before 1 a.m. ET that he and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 and would begin isolating. This came after news that one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the disease.

Joe Biden tweeted Friday, "Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Hugh Hewitt's radio show that he hasn't spoken to Trump since his diagnosis, but added, "It certainly underscores that the coronavirus is not concerned about the American election ... and that it's not going away until we get a vaccine."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted, "President Trump is a fighter — through and through. Please join me in praying for a complete and speedy recovery for him and our First Lady!"

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who became the first senator to contract Covid-19, tweeted, "Get well soon and stay strong!" and said he and his wife are keeping the Trump family in their thoughts.

"Praying for a quick and full recovery for the both of you," Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., tweeted.

Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., tweeted, "Our President's top duty is as Commander in Chief, particularly of our nuclear forces. Looking forward to hearing him reassure the country and our allies, while putting our adversaries on notice that this is NOT the time to mess with the US. Get better soon, Mr. President!"

 

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  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is shown in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, llega al Centro Médico Militar Nacional Walter Reed, en Bethesda, Maryland, el 2 de octubre de 2020, a bordo del helicóptero Marine One tras dar positivo al COVID-19. (AP Foto/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is shown in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
 
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Mon, October 5, 2020, 12:24 AM EDT
 
 

A White House physician's comments on Sunday about the health of President Donald Trump amid his coronavirus diagnosis added a new layer of confusion even as the doctor sought to clarify contradictory statements from the day before. And a brief motorcade ride outside the hospital to the cheers of supporters appeared at odds with a patient receiving COVID-19 treatments.

What we know and what we don't know:

WHAT WE KNOW: TRUMP’S MEDICAL CONDITION

Dr. Sean Conley, the president's physician, said Trump was given a steroid dexamethasone after his blood oxygen level had dropped suddenly twice in recent days, but he “has continued to improve” since then. Conley said Trump could be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as early as Monday.

 

Conley said Trump had a “high fever” and a blood oxygen level below 94% on Friday and during “another episode” on Saturday.

Conley was evasive when asked whether Trump’s blood oxygen level had dropped below 90%: “We don’t have any recordings here on that.” The level currently stands at 98%, Trump’s medical team said.

Blood oxygen saturation is a key health marker for COVID-19 patients. A normal reading is between 95 and 100. A drop below 90 is concerning.

Trump's team said Sunday that Trump received oxygen at the White House on Friday. They were not clear on whether he received any Saturday.

The additional details emerged after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Saturday said some of Trump’s vital signs were “very concerning” Friday. That disclosure contradicted a rosy assessment Trump's doctors had initially provided.

Along with a steroid, Trump has been treated with two experimental drugs, doctors said.

On Friday, Trump was given a single dose of a drug that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. is testing to supply antibodies to help his immune system fight the virus. Trump also has taken two doses of a five-day course of remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug currently used for moderately and severely ill patients.

Trump's team said Sunday that Trump is “up and around” and doing well — apparently so well that the president took an impromptu ride in a motorcade Sunday afternoon to wave to supporters outside the hospital. Officials said if things continue to go well, Trump will be able to return to the White House on Monday to continue his treatment.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: TRUMP’S MEDICAL CONDITION

Trump's medical team continued to dodge many questions Sunday, such as the specific timing of the president’s dip in oxygen and the impact of the disease on his lungs.

Asked repeatedly about what lung scan tests found and whether there have been any signs of pneumonia or other damage, Conley responded: “We’re tracking all of that. There’s some expected findings but nothing of any major clinical concern.”

Conley also hasn't specified where Trump is in the “disease course” of COVID-19. Days seven to 10 typically are a time of higher concern, he said.

As far as the drive-by greeting to supporters, CDC guidelines say that, in general, moving a patient with COVID-19 outside his room should be limited to "medically essential purposes.” The outing suggests to the common observer Trump's condition is not perilous, but medical authorities note that talk of Trump leaving the hospital for home after only a few days doesn't square with information about his treatments.

WHAT WE KNOW: WHEN TRUMP FELL ILL

Trump started showing symptoms by Thursday, a full day before the White House announced what were initially called “mild symptoms.”

Conley said Trump showed some common signs of COVID-19 on Thursday — a mild cough, stuffy nose and fatigue. The president tested positive that evening, the doctor said.

The timeline matters as an indication of how transparent Trump, his staffers and doctors are being about the president's health and whether Trump should have known he may have been spreading the virus as he mingled with campaign donors, staffers and others Thursday.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: WHEN TRUMP FELL ILL

Conley declined to say when Trump had last been tested before Thursday’s test confirmed COVID-19.

WHAT WE KNOW: HOW TRUMP WAS INFECTED

It's not clear, but attention is focusing on a White House event Sept. 26 introducing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Trump gathered more than 150 people in the Rose Garden, where they mingled, hugged and shook hands — overwhelmingly without masks. Photos also show several indoor receptions, where Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, her family, senators and others gathered in the close quarters in the White House.

Among those who attended who have now tested positive: former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, the president of the University of Notre Dame and at least two Republican lawmakers — Utah Sen. Mike Lee and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: HOW TRUMP WAS INFECTED

There's no way to know for sure if the Rose Garden event was where Trump — who typically shuns a mask and has kept holding big public gatherings during the pandemic — was exposed. The president had a full week of official and campaign events before his hospitalization Friday.

A third Republican senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, announced his positive test Saturday, and he had not attended Barrett’s nomination kickoff.

The administration says a White House medical team is tracing contacts.

 

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Trump calls COVID-19 a 'very interesting thing' and says he's learned about it 'by really going to school'

 
Catherine Garcia
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The WeekOctober 4, 2020
 
 
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Before President Trump walked out of Walter Reed on Sunday evening to drive around and wave at supporters, he tweeted a video saying he was going to "pay a little surprise to the great patriots out on the street," and thanked the "absolutely amazing" doctors and nurses at the hospital.

Trump stated that he is receiving "great reports" from his doctors, and the dozens of fans waiting for him outside showed "enthusiasm like probably nobody's ever had." The coronavirus pandemic has been raging in the United States since the beginning of the year, and Trump is now one of the more than 7.4 million Americans to be infected by the virus. Despite the high infection rate and death toll — 209,500, as of Sunday night — Trump said it wasn't until his hospitalization that he truly started to grasp COVID-19.

"It's been a very interesting journey," he said. "I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school, this isn't the let's-read-a-book school. And I get it and I understand it and it's a very interesting thing and I'm gonna be letting you know about it. In the meantime, we love the USA and we love what's happening."

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-calls-covid-19-very-012800538.html

 

Doesn't seem very presidential for a pOTUS to put his security detail in harms way by making them drive him around while he's knowingly contagious with covid.....just so he can wave at his supporters.....The most self-serving man to ever hold the office.

 

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Trump calls COVID-19 a 'very interesting thing' and says he's learned about it 'by really going to school'

 
Catherine Garcia
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The WeekOctober 4, 2020
 
 
0079ac95bc66b3712fc9eec90f23ff35

Before President Trump walked out of Walter Reed on Sunday evening to drive around and wave at supporters, he tweeted a video saying he was going to "pay a little surprise to the great patriots out on the street," and thanked the "absolutely amazing" doctors and nurses at the hospital.

Trump stated that he is receiving "great reports" from his doctors, and the dozens of fans waiting for him outside showed "enthusiasm like probably nobody's ever had." The coronavirus pandemic has been raging in the United States since the beginning of the year, and Trump is now one of the more than 7.4 million Americans to be infected by the virus. Despite the high infection rate and death toll — 209,500, as of Sunday night — Trump said it wasn't until his hospitalization that he truly started to grasp COVID-19.

"It's been a very interesting journey," he said. "I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school, this isn't the let's-read-a-book school. And I get it and I understand it and it's a very interesting thing and I'm gonna be letting you know about it. In the meantime, we love the USA and we love what's happening."

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-calls-covid-19-very-012800538.html

 

Doesn't seem very presidential for a pOTUS to put his security detail in harms way by making them drive him around while he's knowingly contagious with covid.....just so he can wave at his supporters.....The most self-serving man to ever hold the office.

 

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Presidential vehicles have a division between front and back areas......air tight....sound proof....for obvious reasons...

It does roll up and down.....

Unless someone was riding beside him.....no harm done.

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Presidential vehicles have a division between front and back areas......air tight....sound proof....for obvious reasons...

It does roll up and down.....

Unless someone was riding beside him.....no harm done.

CL

But hey....Trumps a self serving idiot.....at least in your world.😮

 

I guess in Trump's self serving idiot world....that back seat will clean itself.  :facepalm:

 

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