The US president tested positive after a week in which he behaved with the same disregard for public health rules that has characterised his coronavirus response Trump tests positive for Covid – live news and reactionDonald Trump’s presidency has been full of plot surprises. But no single tweet has had the same meteor-like impact as the one sent by the president shortly before 1am on Friday morning. It felt like a season finale moment. “Overnight, @FlOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump wrote. He added, in matter-of-fact style: “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”.The announcement was astonishing. And yet – seen through the timeline of Trump’s recent activities – it appears wholly unremarkable and perhaps even cosmically inevitable. Over the past five days the president has behaved with the same reckless disregard for public health rules that has characterised his response since January to the global coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
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A majority of Americans say Trump didn't do enough to avoid getting COVID-19 and acted irresponsible around others, polling shows
Summary List Placement Americans are seemingly unimpressed by President Donald Trump's efforts to avoid both contracting...Summary List Placement Americans are seemingly unimpressed by President Donald Trump's efforts to avoid both contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others, based on new polling released Monday. Voters were asked by Morning Consult/Politico whether Trump took the proper precautions to protect himself from COVID-19. More than three-in-five voters (63% overall) said Trump did not take proper precautions, with less than a quarter (23%) stating that the president did take the proper precautions, the poll found. A separate poll, conducted by CNN, asked voters if they thought Trump acted responsibly or irresponsibly in handling the risk of coronavirus infection to the people who have been around him recently. A majority of voters (63%) said Trump acted irresponsibly, according to the poll, while roughly a third (33%) said the president acted responsibly. Trump has spent months downplaying the threat of COVID-19 and flouting public health recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. During the first presidential debate last Tuesday, less than a week before Trump tested positive for the virus, the president mocked former Vice President Joe Biden for routinely wearing a mask in public. Top medical experts, including those advising Trump within the government, have consistently urged Americans to wear a mask or face-covering to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Trump has generally rejected this advice and pushed against the notion wearing masks benefits public health amid the pandemic. Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 late last week, and subsequently transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center after his condition worsened. A little over a week ago, Trump held an event in the Rose Garden to announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in mid-September. Attendees did not social distance or wear masks, and a number have since tested positive for the virus. Last Thursday, longtime Trump adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Trump has faced backlash for attending a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday, where he was in contact with roughly 100 people, given he'd been in Hicks' vicinity earlier in the week. White House officials have said they learned of Hicks' diagnosis after Trump left Washington for New Jersey. The president was also widely criticized by medical professionals on Sunday after he took a car ride near the hospital to wave at supporters who'd gathered in the area. Experts said that Trump unnecessarily put the lives of Secret Service agents at risk. Trump is set to leave the hospital on Monday evening, though the White House physician earlier in the day cautioned that the president "may not entirely be out of the woods yet" with the virus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens to animals during wildfires
Why did the White House allow a fundraising event to go on after one of Trump’s...Why did the White House allow a fundraising event to go on after one of Trump’s closest aides tested positive for Covid?On Thursday afternoon Donald Trump held a roundtable of 19 top Republican donors at Bedminster, his 36-hole golf course in New Jersey, where he vented his frustrations about how his push for a rapid vaccine against Covid-19 was being undermined by the deep state.According to a description of the meeting recorded on video by one of the donors present, “the president said that the approval for vaccines has been slowed down for political reasons by people who wanted to hurt him”. Continue reading...
Summary List Placement Last weekend, President Donald Trump was still beaming from a White House event...Summary List Placement Last weekend, President Donald Trump was still beaming from a White House event where he formally announced Amy Coney Barrett as his latest nominee to the Supreme Court. But by the following day, his week started to take very unexpected turns. On Sunday, the president's financial records were released in a blockbuster report by The New York Times, revealing Trump had only paid $750 in taxes over two years. That same day, his former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized after a domestic altercation at his home. By Tuesday, the highly anticipated Trump-Biden debate turned into a barely comprehensible shouting match, with moderator Chris Wallace losing control of the debate early on. Late on Thursday, a source revealed to Bloomberg that White House counselor Hope Hicks had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. And then on Friday, Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, with Trump later being flown from the White House to Walter Reed Hospital. Here's a timeline of Trump's tumultuous week. Sunday, Sept. 27: The New York Times releases Trump's tax returns For years, Trump has refused to release details surrounding his financial records. On Sunday, The New York Times published a lengthy report on his taxes, which revealed a number of shocking details. According to The Times, Trump didn't pay any income taxes to the federal government for 11 of the 18 years where they examined records. He only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he was elected to the presidency, and in 2017, his first year in office, according to The Times report. Trump is also hemorrhaging money. Since 2000, he has lost over $315 million at the golf courses that he owns and promotes; from 2016 through 2018, he also showed losses of $55.5 million at the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC. Late Sunday, Sept. 27: Brad Parscale is admitted to the hospital On Sunday evening, it was reported that Brad Parscale, President Trump's former campaign manager, was taken from his home by police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and hospitalized earlier that day after his wife said that he was armed and threatening to harm himself. Parscale was taken to the hospital under the Baker Act, which allows for temporary involuntary commitment. Parscale, a prominent part of Trumpworld since the Trump's 2016 campaign, was replaced by Bill Stepien as campaign manager this past July. Tuesday, Sept. 29: A presidential debate goes off the rails The first presidential debate in Cleveland quickly devolved into partisan sniping, with Trump spending the bulk of his time on stage interrupting and attacking Biden, even lobbing an insult at his son, the former vice president's son Hunter. However, Biden did not back down, at one point calling Trump a "clown" while trying to articulate his vision of America to viewers at home despite the two often speaking over one another. "Will you shut up, man...Keep yapping, man," Biden said to Trump. Throughout the debate, moderator Chris Wallace was unsuccessful in getting Trump to adhere to the rules, later saying the debate went "off the tracks." In the end, Trump did not win many converts and Biden was widely seen as mostly staying above the political fray. Thursday, Oct. 1: A top Trump counselor gets the coronavirus On Thursday, White House counselor Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bloomberg. It was reported that Hicks had traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, with the White House finding out about the diagnosis the next day. According to the report, she was also experiencing several symptoms of the disease. Friday, Oct. 2: The President receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis Early Friday morning, Trump announced that he had contracted the coronavirus, along with First Lady Melania Trump. Later that day, after developing a fever and cough, Trump was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. "Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days," the White House said in a statement. That evening, it was revealed that former adviser Kellyanne Conway had tested positive for the coronavirus. She had attended the Barrett nomination event at the White House Rose Garden the week before and was shown without a face mask. Others who came into contact with the president this week would later announce their coronavirus infections, including the former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who helped Trump debate prep and several people who attended the Rose Garden event. Saturday, Oct. 3: Concerns and conflicting reports about Trump's health Trump is being treated for the coronavirus with remdesivir. At a Saturday press conference, White House physician Sean Conley wouldn't say if Trump needed supplemental oxygen since his diagnosis. The AP later reported that Trump was given oxygen before he departed the White House on Friday. Trump tweeted from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, saying "I am feeling well!" while his chief of staff Mark Meadows said he had experienced a "very concerning" period on Friday, according to The Associated Press. "We're still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery," Meadows said, noting that the next 48 hours "will be critical" in the president's battle against coronavirus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time