BREAKING: Trump Announces He and Melania Tested Positive for COVID19
In a tweet late Thursday night, Donald Trump revealed that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, were tested for the coronavirus after it was revealed his close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive earlier in the day. It was reported that Hicks was feeling symptomatic yet still traveled on Wednesday with Trump and his inner circle on Air Force One and Marine One.
Trump’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”
It is unclear how long Hicks may have been sick, or whom she may have been in contact with other than the White House Staff and those with whom she traveled. Other aides to the president would not say whether he was experiencing symptoms, but people at the White House noticed that his voice sounded raspy on Thursday. Of those named in the graphic below, only Jim Jordan has responded and does not plan to get tested, according to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Brian Williams’ late-night broadcast.
Trump, 74, is among the highest risk group for contracting the coronavirus, with his weight contributed to possible other comorbidities. He has not been forthcoming about his true medical condition and has ducked accusations regarding possible mini-strokes. Even those with mild cases who recover are often left with side effects.
Twitter pundits leaned on the karma narrative, pointing out that Trump had teased Joe Biden for his own mask-wearing just two nights earlier at the Presidential Debate, where Trump’s family sat unmasked and undistanced in the audience. Trump’s positive status will impact the remainder of election season. With just 33 days before the election on Nov. 3. Trump will have to withdraw from the campaign trail and stay isolated in the White House for an unknown period of time even if he remains asymptomatic. If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain in the race.
Trump had been traveling and campaigning, and it is not known how many people he has come into contact with. Dr. Vin Gupta, an MSNBC contributor who has not personally treated Trump, presciently offered his concerns earlier in the evening before the news about Trump broke.
"I am deeply concerned for the president's welfare and his inner circle's welfare, those that they've exposed, because of the finding that Hope Hicks is symptomatic," @VinGuptaMD says. "If she's symptomatic, the risk that she's exposed someone else…is much higher." pic.twitter.com/utzZn2IUbs
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 2, 2020
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