1 Month After Implying It Was Fine To Work With Coronavirus, WH Announces Those Around Trump Must Get Mandatory Testing
Oh, what difference a month makes…
Even though health experts were adamant that people who were sick with the disease should stay at home, and as proposals for social distancing were being hammered out, President Donald Trump, in an interview in early March, implied to Fox News host Sean Hannity that going to work with coronavirus was really not that big of a deal.
Many cases were “mild,” Trump explained, and sometimes people “don’t even see a doctor.”
He went on:
“We have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.”
Trump’s tone has shifted considerably since he made those comments, but it’s been an immensely slow process — it’s been only since Sunday when he finally admitted the country’s economy wouldn’t be opened up in time for Easter, for example.
Now, it appears that the president is finally starting to come around to just how dangerous coronavirus is for the country…and for himself. Per reporting from Reuters, anyone who gets close to the president, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, will be required to get tested for COVID-19 before they do so from now on.
JUST IN: White House doctors have started giving rapid coronavirus tests to people who are “in close proximity” to President Trump or Vice President Pence.
Trump said Thursday that he had taken another coronavirus test, which was negative.
— NPR (@NPR) April 3, 2020
“As the physician to the president and White House Operations continue to protect the health and safety of the president and vice president, starting today anyone who is expected to be in close proximity to either of them will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission,” White House spokesman Judd Deere announced on Friday.
How odd is it that, in the same week Trump finally seems to be taking coronavirus seriously, he also announces new precautions in order to keep himself safe?
Which begs another question one has to ask: Did Trump’s decision to be more realistic about coronavirus come only after he started to worry about himself? It’s unclear at this time. But it’s a pretty big coincidence to see this new policy take shape mere days from when his administration finally decides that things aren’t as rosy as he once projected them to be.