The president has been cavalier throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Now, a month before the election, this changes everythingDonald and Melania Trump test positive for coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is likely to go down as the biggest “October surprise” in the history of US presidential elections. Yet anyone who was paying attention could have seen it coming.Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus after claiming “it will disappear”, telling the journalist Bob Woodward he was downplaying it deliberately, failing to develop a national testing strategy, refusing to wear a face mask for months, floating the idea of injecting patients with bleach, insisting to one of his many crowded campaign rallies that “it affects virtually nobody” and, at Tuesday’s debate, mocking his rival, Joe Biden: “He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” Continue reading...
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Before his debate with Kamala Harris, Mike Pence rejects plans for plexiglass barriers added after President...Before his debate with Kamala Harris, Mike Pence rejects plans for plexiglass barriers added after President Trump and many other Republicans were diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Summary List Placement Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he and President Donald Trump "shouldn't have...Summary List Placement Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he and President Donald Trump "shouldn't have a debate" if the president still has COVID-19, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The next debate between Biden and Trump is scheduled for October 15. Biden said he's "looking forward to being able to debate" Trump, but "we're going to have to follow very strict guidelines." "I think if he still has COVID, then we shouldn't have a debate," Biden told reporters Tuesday. It was revealed early Friday morning that Trump and First lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump stayed at Walter Reed Medical Center for three days to undergo testing and treatment for the virus before returning to the White House on Monday. A slew of other GOP officials soon followed with a positive diagnosis, including Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Other people who have been in the same proximity with the president over the last few weeks also tested positive. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who helped Trump prepare for the last presidential debate with Biden — tested positive over the weekend. Ex-White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, who both attended the White House event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, both tested positive for COVID-19. Biden was tested multiple times for COVID-19 since Trump's diagnosis — twice last Friday, once on Sunday, and once on Tuesday — and tested negative all four times. Vice President Mike Pence and Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris are set to appear on the debate stage on Wednesday. Plexiglass barriers were installed between the podiums as a health safety measure, though scientists told Business Insider that it probably won't stop coronavirus aerosols. Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence have both tested negative for the coronavirus thus far ahead of the planned debate.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How NASA strategically paints its vehicles for space
How the White House coronavirus outbreak unfolded from a possible superspreader event in the Rose Garden
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump early Friday announced he and First Lady Melania Trump tested...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump early Friday announced he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, and hours later he was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was treated with at least three different therapeutic drugs. Trump's diagnosis came shortly after that of his adviser and former communications director Hope Hicks and not long before two GOP senators and others close to him announced they, too, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Here's how the apparent COVID-19 outbreak at the White House began, from a possible superspreader event on September 26 to Trump's release from the hospital on Monday evening. Saturday, September 26: President Trump hosts an event in the Rose Garden to formally announce his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Prominent Republicans attended the event to honor Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court at the White House on September 26. Attendees were seen not practicing social distancing or wearing face masks. The affair appears to have been a COVID-19 superspreader event. Tuesday, September 29: Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off at the first 2020 presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace According to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who moderated the debate, Trump arrived at the debate too late to be tested for COVID-19. Trump's family had been pictured in the audience during the debate without face masks, and reportedly neglected to wear them at a Cleveland hotel prior to the debate. Thursday, October 1: Hope Hicks announces she tested positive for the coronavirus Hicks, a White House adviser and former communications director, was the first White House official to announce a positive test. Hicks reportedly traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first presidential debate on Tuesday. Thursday, October 1: Trump attends a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey At the fundraiser, hosted at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort, Trump told guests "the end of the pandemic is in sight," just hours before he announced he tested positive for the disease. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Trump's choice to go ahead with the fundraiser after Hicks tested positive "put lives at risk." Murphy said the state is working to monitor some 206 attendees and 19 workers to prevent an outbreak. Friday, October 2: Trump announces in an early morning tweet that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 In a tweet sent around 1 a.m. on Friday, the president announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. "We will get through this TOGETHER!" he wrote. Friday, October 2: GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina announce they tested positive for COVID-19 Lee and Tillis, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Friday they tested positive for the virus. Both GOP senators attended the president's Rose Garden ceremony. Friday, October 2: University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins announced he tested positive for COVID-19 Jenkins announced Friday he tested positive for COVID-19. He has since said he regretted not wearing a mask during the entirety of the September 26 event. Friday, October 2: Trump is transported by helicopter to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland Less than 24 hours after he tweeted that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, Trump via helicopter departed the White House for the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to be treated "out of an abundance of caution," the White House said in a statement. Friday: October 2: Kellyanne Conway, the former counselor to President Trump, announces she tested positive for the novel coronavirus Conway announced her positive result on Friday after her 15-year-old daughter, Claudia, posted to TikTok about her mother's diagnosis. Conway was at the September 26 Rose Garden event and was pictured socializing with Attorney General Bill Barr. Conway said she had a "light cough" and was "feeling fine." Saturday, October 3: White House physician Dr. Sean Conley dodges questions about Trump's health at a press conference outside Walter Reed White House physician Dr. Sean Conley on Saturday delivered the first update on Trump's health since he was hospitalized. Conely said Trump was in good spirits and doing well, but dodged specific questions about his health. At another press briefing the following day, Conley confirmed that Trump had at some point required supplemental oxygen as part of his treatment for COVID-19. Saturday, October 3: Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, announced he was positive and hospitalized with COVID-19 Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a tweet on Saturday announced he tested positive for COVID-19, was experiencing mild symptoms, and had checked himself into a hospital as a precaution due to his having asthma. Christie attended debate-preparation sessions with Trump and attended the September 26 White House Rose Garden event. Sunday, October 4: Attorney General William Barr announces he's going to self-quarantine The US Justice Department announced on Sunday that Attorney General William Barr would self-quarantine after Trump and other people he had come in contact with had since tested positive for the virus, according to the Associated Press. Kerri Kupec, a spokesperson for the Justice Department said Sunday that Barr has had four negative COVID-19 tests since Friday and was quarantining "out of an abundance of caution." Sunday: October 4: Trump takes a joyride outside of Walter Reed Medical Center to wave to his supporters Prior to his controversial trip around the hospital, Trump announced in a Twitter video that he was going to "surprise" his supporters who were camped outside Walter Reed. A doctor at the hospital later accused Trump in a tweet of putting the lives of his Secret Service agents at risk. Monday, October 5: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announces she tested positive for the virus In the days leading up to her testing positive for the disease, McEnany on multiple occasions briefed the media without wearing a face mask. In her tweet announcing her positive test, McEnany said she had no symptoms had had repeatedly tested negative before testing positive on Monday. Two of McEnany's deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, also tested positive for the disease, according to CNN. Monday, October 5: Trump downplays COVID-19 and announces he's leaving the hospital to return to the White House medical unit where he would continue his treatment "Don't be afraid of Covid," the president tweeted, despite more than 200,000 deaths from the virus in the US. "Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"