USA: President Trump and wife Melania, test positive for coronavirus, start quarantine

Trump, Melania test positive for coronavirus, president vows to bring quarantine ‘immediately’
John Fritze, USA TODAY – 02 October 2020

President Trump

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning development that came hours after he confirmed one of his longest-serving aides with whom he had recently traveled also received a positive test result.

The revelation had implications for the president’s health, the administration’s response to the pandemic and also the Nov. 3 election, during which Trump has leaned on states to reopen and has claimed that the nation is “turning the corner” on the virus.

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

The president has often claimed the U.S. has the pandemic “under control,” but his own positive test result – assuming it is accurate – is certain to raise questions about the reopening of schools and businesses when the virus could not be contained within the White House, arguably the most secure facility in the world.

Trump, 74, was the latest world leader to test positive for COIVD-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major leader in March.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fell ill in July and had a series of positive tests. Both men recovered.

The president’s positive test is certain to become wrapped up in his own efforts to downplay the seriousness of the disease for months while holding rallies, fundraisers and other campaign events across the country, including in virus hot spots. The president repeatedly asserted the U.S. outperformed other nations in confronting the disease, despite having the highest number of cases and deaths in the world.

More than 200,000 Americans have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Trump has dismissed concerns about those large campaign events, of which he has hosted more than a dozen this month alone. He has also downplayed the importance of a face covering for himself, noting that he is regularly tested at the White House.

“Well, so far we have had no problem whatsoever,” Trump said of the rallies during his debate Tuesday with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “It’s outside – that’s a big difference according to the experts. And we do them outside, we have tremendous crowds, as you see.”

Hope Hicks, one of the president’s longest serving aides, accompanied Trump to one of those rallies this week, an event in Minnesota. She traveled with the president and several of his senior aides within the small confines of Marine One on Wednesday. A day later, Trump confirmed that Hicks had tested positive for the virus.

It’s not clear whether Trump contracted the virus from Hicks, but Trump told Fox News late Thursday that he and first lady Melania Trump were receiving a test and said he would begin a period of quarantine. At that time, it was not clear how or even whether Trump intended to curtail public events he had planned for the rest of the week.

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

Several White House aides have tested positive in the past, including a top spokeswoman to Vice President Mike Pence, a Navy valet who was in the same room as the president on the day the person began experiencing symptoms.

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  • kamtanblog  On October 2, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Really !
    Fact fake false fiction or fantasy?
    Is W house on “lockdown” now ?
    Is kool aid antidote or is it bleach ?

    Bojo (uk equivalent) tested positive but
    survived ! Will Potus do same ?

    My jury still out !

    Kamtan uk-ex-EU

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 2, 2020 at 6:57 am

  • brandli62  On October 2, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Can we believe this news or is it the ultimate fake news from the White House?

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    brandi62: Can we believe this news …..??

    Hilarious Laughter Out Loud!!!

    I believe it.

    Now we know that it could happen to anybody:

    As Ernest Hemingway put it – “Gradually, then suddenly.”

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 2, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    CHECKS AND BALANCE

    The Economist | John Prideaux – US editor

    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    I fully expect, as this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result.

    Mark Meadows | Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff

    One iron law of news, passed down from one generation of The Economist writers to the next, is that bad stuff always happens on a Thursday night. The weekly edition goes to the printers on Thursday morning, so when news breaks that night, we have to wait a full week before we get the chance to put anything on paper. This is less of a problem now that we have an app, which is updated daily, and fresh stories landing on economist.com. In the case of this enormous Thursday night story, though, the delay may be helpful.

    We will not know what effect the president’s diagnosis has on America’s mood until the results from high-quality polls come back in the middle of next week. My Twitter feed is already full of hot takes on what it means for the race, most of which will turn out to be wrong. Until those polls come in, and until we know a bit more about how Donald Trump is feeling, everything is speculation.

    There are three scenarios that we have in mind while planning our coverage:

    FIRST, the president may bounce back quickly, in which case he will be able to say: I told you so. That seems the most likely one to me at the moment, given that about 80% of COVID-19 cases seem to be mild.

    SECOND, the president may get sick, in which case we, along with America’s entire press corps, will be on the tail of vice-president Mike Pence.

    THIRD, perhaps Mr Trump will recover and Joe Biden, who tested negative for COVID-19 today, will have contracted the virus by election day. This is the black swan, because it could change the dynamics of the race, which up until now have been stable and in Mr Biden’s favour.

    IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT’S ILLNESS COULD BRING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER.

    Mr Trump, whatever you think of his politics, is heavy, 74 years old and male, three things that put him at greater risk from this horrible virus. He deserves the same compassion as any other American who contracts COVID-19.

    YET THAT MOMENT OF TOGETHERNESS LOOKS AS ELUSIVE AS EVER. We pride ourselves at The Economist on keeping clear heads when others do not.

    Our American politics team includes reporters who have covered coups and civil wars in Africa, hung out with Afghan warlords and observed the rise of authoritarianism in Asian democracies. They are not easily spooked. Yet two things alarmed us this week.

    THE FIRST was Tuesday’s presidential debate. This was never going to be Jefferson v Adams. But Mr Trump’s answer to the final question, when the moderator asked both candidates if they would accept the result of the election, was chilling.

    One colleague, based in Chicago, told me it reminded him of the sort of thing he used to hear from Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe 20 years ago. One important difference is that Mr Trump does not have a militia at his command to intimidate voters at the polls. The Proud Boys, made famous in Tuesday’s debate, have nothing on Mugabe’s goons.

    THE SECOND was polling from the Voter Study Group, a political science think-tank, showing that an alarming proportion of Americans seem to believe violence is justified to advance a political goal. This is a large-sample poll, not given to generating bizarre results by statistical fluke. The poll has been asking the same question since January 2017:

    “How much do you feel it is justified for [your party] to use violence in advancing political goals?”

    At the beginning of 2017, 8% of Americans thought that violence could be acceptable, which is scary. Of course, it is possible to get 8% of Americans to say almost anything:

    A Gallup poll taken 33 years after Elvis Presley’s death found that 4% of Americans thought he was alive – or at least thought it would be funny to tell the nice callers from Gallup that he was.

    The Voter Study Group finding is not like that. The share of Americans who think violence in politics is sometimes acceptable has risen each time the question has been asked. It now stands at MORE THAN 30%. If that is true, then this election could become uglier still.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2020 at 6:02 am

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    BILL CLINTON:
    President Trump has the coronavirus virus. We must send him a card.

    HILLARY:
    Should we write in it – Stay Positive?

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    As of Friday afternoon, at least half-a-dozen members of the administration (plus several non-officials who recently visited the White House and several journalists) had tested positive for the virus.

    DONALD J. TRUMP

    Much remains unclear about the unfolding coronavirus situation at the White House, which aides tried to cast as inevitable, given how contagious the virus is — while critics said it only underlined how negligently the administration had handled the virus the whole time.

    Below is a roundup of what is known so far concerning those who have recently tested positive in the White House and in President Trump’s orbit.

    POSITIVE CASES

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “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 on Twitter shortly after midnight Friday.

    In recent days, the president has made appearances and had crowded campaign events in both Florida and Virginia. On Saturday, he spoke at the White House Rose Garden to announce his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The White House canceled all of the president’s scheduled engagements for Friday except for a phone call on COVID-19 support for vulnerable seniors, which the president reportedly did not attend.

    FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP: Like her husband, Mrs. Trump’s diagnosis was announced early Friday. In a series of subsequent tweets, she urged her followers to “stay safe” and said she was experiencing mild symptoms.

    HOPE HICKS: The former White House communications director and current adviser to the president — one of his longest-serving political aides, who left and then returned to his administration — was reported Thursday to have tested positive, though CNN reported that some White House officials were aware as of Thursday morning. Hicks was with Trump as recently as Wednesday, heading to a campaign rally in Minnesota. She was also on Air Force One with Trump when he traveled to the presidential debate against Joe Biden on Tuesday.

    SENATOR MIKE LEE: The Republican lawmaker from Utah attended the Supreme Court announcement at the Rose Garden last Saturday. Video from that event shows Lee speaking in close proximity to, and hugging, several other individuals. As Politico reported, Lee also recently attended committee meetings and party lunches.

    REPUBLICAN CHAIRWOMAN RONNA MCDANIEL: The GOP chair received a positive diagnosis on Wednesday, according to a report in The New York Times. A spokesperson said she was last with President Trump on Sept. 25.

    NOTRE DAME PRESIDENT FR. JOHN JENKINS: In a letter to students, the Notre Dame head announced that he had contracted the virus after learning that a colleague had also tested positive. Writing that he had “mild” symptoms, he said he would be “entering an extended period of isolation as indicated by University medical personnel and county health officials.” Like Lee, Jenkins attended Barrett nomination announcement on Saturday.

    In May, Jenkins wrote an op-ed for the Times titled, “We’re Reopening Notre Dame. It’s Worth the Risk.”

    JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT previously contracted and recovered from the virus, The Washington Post reported.

    WHITE HOUSE REPORTERS: CNN reported that at least three reporters who work at and cover the White House all tested positive on Friday. An unnamed White House aide who spends time in the press area also tested positive, according to CNN.

    SENATOR THOM TILLIS: The Republican senator from North Carolina, announced his diagnosis on Friday, just hours after Sen. Lee revealed his positive diagnosis. Both Tillis and Lee were in attendance at the White House SCOTUS ceremony.

    CAMPAIGN MANAGER BILL STEPIEN: Trump’s campaign manager tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and is experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms,” a campaign official told Politico. Stepien was with the president on Tuesday, traveling alongside him for the debate, CNN reported.

    SENATOR RON JOHNSON: The Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, making him the third GOP Senator to share his positive diagnosis within 24 hours. Unlike his colleagues, Johnson was not present for the SCOTUS ceremony. According to his campaign spokesperson, Johnson was first exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 14, after which he quarantined for two weeks. After two negative test results, he returned to Washington on Sept. 29 and was subsequently exposed for a second time to an individual who has since tested positive.

    KELLYANNE CONWAY: A former counselor to President Donald Trump (R), announced that she tested positive for coronavirus.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Gregory wrote:

    A Commentator from Fox News was being interviewed by a Journalist just after it was discovered that Trump and several high ranking Republicans tested positive.

    She was asked what she thought was the reason for this. Her answer astounded the Journalist. She said: “I believe the Democrats are behind all these infections. How else can you explain that not one of the Senior Democrats has been infected by COVID-19?”

    The Journalist then asked her if she ever heard of something called a “Mask”.

    She looked at him like he just fell out of the sky from another Planet. He then proceeded to explain to her that Democrats wear masks and most Republicans don’t.

    That level of stupidity among Conservatives has no bounds.

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