Coronavirus live news: Trump drive criticised as 'irresponsible' by Walter Reed physician; global cases pass 35m

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Trump and Covid: What we know so far

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Summary: coronavirus around the world

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US records more than 50,000 new cases, total deaths near 210,000

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Trump and coronavirus: What we know so far

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Mary Trump says president sees illness as sign of 'unforgivable weakness'

Here is more on that interview with the US president’s niece:

Mary Trump has said the United States is “in the horrible place we’re in” because members of the family, including the president, see illness as “a display of unforgivable weakness”, whether it is in themselves or others.

Speaking on NPR’s Fresh Air, Mary Trump, who recently published the tell-all book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, said: “That’s why we’re in the horrible place we’re in, because he cannot admit to the weakness of being ill or of other people being ill.”

Helen Sullivan (@helenrsullivan)

Mary Trump says the president sees illness as “a display of unforgivable weakness” – as did his father.

Donald Trump's grandfather died of Spanish flu: https://t.co/vbOTcQSVS8

October 5, 2020

She spoke as the US president was criticised by doctors for unnecessarily exposing his staff and his security detail to coronavirus by performing a drive-by to wave to supporters outside Walter Reed military medical center where he is being treated for the disease.

Mary Trump is suing the president and two of his siblings, alleging that they cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business.

On Sunday, Mary Trump said both the president and his father, Fred Trump, held the view that illness was “unacceptable”. “Which sounds incredibly cruel, but happens to be true,” she said.

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