The” Chinese virus", as he calls it to despise it, knocks on Donald Trump's door. The president of the United States, who has so despised the pathogen, and the first lady, Melania, have tested positive for coronavirus. This was reported early this Friday.
“We started our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will all get out of this together” he added in his tweet. The White House doctor, Sean B. Conley, issued a statement confirming the positive SARS-CoV-2 test of the president and the first lady. The Galen also indicated that both are well and that they will remain in the White House during the convalescence. “The medical team will maintain vigilance, we appreciate the support that great medical professionals and institutions of the country have offered us. Rest assured that the president will continue to perform his duties without interruption while he recovers."
A few days ago he said at one of his rallies that Covid-19 was already a Page left behind, that this only affected young people. Trump, who has so despised the practices of social distance and the mask, has ended up falling victim to his conspiracy theories. In this way it enters the list of leaders who denied the potential of the virus and ended up infected. He was preceded by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolosonaro.
The country lived Thursday night with impatience. Do not forget that the elections are next November 3, a short month away. Despite belittling this disease, Trump, at age 74, is among the risk groups.
The alerts jumped when he transcended that Hope Hicks, one of his closest collaborators, tested positive
The alerts jumped when he transcended that Hope Hicks, one of his closest collaborators, who has traveled with him several times in recent days, tested positive. The president announced on his Twitter that he and the first lady, Melania “ " we are waiting for the results of our tests. In the meantime, we have begun our quarantine process."
The president planned to participate this Friday in an event at his hotel in the capital and then travel to Orlando, Florida for one of his campaign rallies where mitigation rules are not respected. The White House changed the program and the president's only activity will be a call to vulnerable seniors to Covid-19. The impact of the campaign is unpredictable at this time, with a recommended period of 14 days of confinement.
The announcement of the result of the analysis has only reinforced criticism for its rashness in participating in mass events
Many of their bases have had enough of declaring that this was all an invention of the Democrats. The announcement of the outcome of the analysis has only reinforced criticism for its recklessness in participating in mass events.
Although there have been other cases in the White House environment, 31-year-old Hicks is the closest adviser to Trump suffering from the disease. She was considered almost family and, like all her members, the “boss” 's advice not to wear the mask as usual.
The president has returned to mass calls, despite the upsurge of positives
Hicks accompanied Trump last Saturday to Pennsylvania. On Tuesday he flew with the president to the debate in Cleveland, Ohio, where he shared a seat with about thirty family members and advisers. On Wednesday he also shared the flight to Minnesota for a rally.
In several images of those days she is seen with Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of the president, and other collaborators such as Stephen Miller or Dan Scavino. None with the mouthguard. The president has returned to the mass calls, despite the uptick in positives, which exceed 7.2 million, while the Dead total 208,000, both world record figures.
Apparently, the president travelled with Hicks when it was already known that he had tested positive.
Trump himself, who was on the phone this Thursday night on Sean Hannity's Fox show, confirmed the situation of his adviser and, surprisingly, confessed that he and his wife were waiting for the results of his analysis. “We spent a lot of time with her, we'll see what happens” " he said.
Surprising because Hicks ' situation became known internally Wednesday night and, according to Bloomberg, the agency that unveiled the news, has already made the journey back from Minnesota to Washington in confinement. Usually, Trump undergoes a test whose results are known in fifteen minutes.
That this Thursday night said to be "waiting" provoked all kinds of speculation. There were doctors who expressed their bewilderment at this delay.
Trump is the person who most misinformation has spread about the pathogen
After a while of his Fox intervention came the tweet in which he announced his self-confinement. "Hope Hicks, who has been working hard without even taking a little breath, has tested positive for Covid-19. Terrible, " he wrote.
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press chief, held a press conference in the morning and concealed the adviser's situation. This circumstance raised criticism for the lack of transparency of this administration in everything related to coronavirus. According to a study by Cornell University, Trump is the person who has spread the most misinformation about the pathogen.
The ramifications of the contagion of the president and the first lady can be very relevant.
In addition to the influence on the election campaign, the ramifications of the contagion of the president and the first lady can be very relevant. Not only because of the possible impact among other government officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, but even Joe Biden, because of the proximity to Trump in the debate, could be affected. According to CNN, sources close to the Democratic candidate indicated that Biden took every precaution.
Hope Hicks was a spokesperson for the Trump campaign in 2016 from the beginning of the political adventure of the real estate tycoon and showman and then held the post of communications director at the White House. He left in March 2018 to work for Fox News. In February, she returned to the executive as an adviser to the president.
Biden, by his proximity to the debate, could be affected
In an interview with Hannity, one of his leading ideologists, Trump speculated that Hicks might have been infected by being in contact with members of the military or law enforcement. ” It's very complex when you're with military or security agents, and they come to you and they want to hug you, and they want to kiss you, because we've done a good job for them, " Trump explained, in a clear disregard of all the rules that his administration's scientists recommend.
"You're close and things happen. I was surprised to hear about Hope's, but she's a very loving person with them. He knows there is risk, but he is young” " he added.
Hicks was photographed last Saturday in Pennsylvania clapping when Village People's YMCA sounded along with other Trump advisers, all unmasked.