Donald Trump Jr. posted to social media Sunday evening to accept well-wishes on behalf of his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who tested positive for COVID-19. He went on to say that he’s excited to nurse her back to health — leading Twitter users to call him out and ask if he understands that he’s talking about a deadly infectious disease.
Trump Jr. posted a photo of Kimberley Guilfoyle on his Instagram account, thanked well-wishers, and said she’s doing well and hopeful for a speedy recovery. He added, “And I kinda sorta look forward to waiting on her hand and foot.”
The problem with that? COVID-19 is highly infectious and can be deadly. Anyone exposed to the illness is asked to self-quarantine until they can have a test result proving that they aren’t infected. Recently, numerous Trump campaign team members and Secret Service members all had to enter self-isolation, after being exposed to the virus during a campaign event. Everyone in President Trump’s vicinity is, reportedly, tested regularly to avoid exposing the president to the respiratory infection.
On social media,Trump Jr. was called out for misunderstanding or downplaying the severity of risk from the virus.
Donald Trump Jr does not seem to understand how highly communicable diseases work pic.twitter.com/reTewUzfLR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 6, 2020
According to ABC producer John Santucci, Trump Jr. tested negative for infection with the coronavirus on Friday, and neither he nor Guilfoyle has been in close contact with the president. However, Time reported that a number of GOP officials may have been exposed to the virus at an event with Guilfoyle and Trump Jr, including Republican congressional candidate Matt Rosendale, and state auditor candidate Troy Downing. U.S. Respresentative Greg Gianforte’s wife, Susan, also attended the event, and Gianforte, who is running for Governor in Montana, has suspended all public events temporarily due to his possible exposure.
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