A majority of Americans say Trump didn't do enough to avoid getting COVID-19 and acted irresponsible around others, polling shows
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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
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Trump, carrying the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, returns to the White House and dodges questions about how many people close to him have gotten sick
Summary List PlacementPresident Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday night, after...Summary List PlacementPresident Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday night, after spending three days there to receive COVID-19 treatment. As he was leaving a reporter shouted: "How many of your staff are sick? Do you think you might be a super spreader, Mr. President?" Trump replied with "Thank you, very much." Trump removed his face mask when he arrived at the White House, flouting medical advice designed to protect others from those who are infected with the virus. BREAKING: Pres. Trump arrives back at the White House, and removes his mask, following several nights at Walter Reed Medical Center. The president left Walter Reed this evening despite not having completed his full COVID-19 treatment. https://t.co/XCER5YMh2e pic.twitter.com/rTfKo35d4G — ABC News (@ABC) October 5, 2020 Doctors earlier Monday said Trump's condition had improved after several therapeutic COVID-19 treatments. He was diagnosed with the illness late last week. Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician said Trump was healthy enough to leave the facility but "may not entirely be out of the woods yet." Conley said Trump would be taken to the White House medical unit where he will continue his treatment. Multiple people who have interacted with Trump in the past week have tested positive for COVID-19, including First Lady Melania Trump, adviser Hope Hicks, the Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. On Sunday, Trump also was filmed temporarily leaving Walter Reed in the back of a black car to wave at supporters who were outside the medical center. A doctor at the hospital accused him of putting the lives of Secret Service agents at risk for "political theater." "Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity," Dr. James P. Phillips, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University said in a tweet. Trump announced that he and Melania were positive for the virus on Friday after Hicks tested positive on Thursday. The president on Saturday, September 26 hosted an event at the White House Rose Garden to announce his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and several who attended would later also test positive. The affair may have been a super-spreader event. Those who attended could be seen not wearing masks or socially distancing. On Tuesday, September 29, Trump attended the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump arrived too late to be tested, moderator Chris Wallace said. His family could also be seen not wearing masks. Trump also attended a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, and on Thursday attended a fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort. He announced his positive diagnosis just hours after. In the ensuing days, multiple people at the September 26 event announced that they had COVID-19, including two senators, former counselor Kellyann Conway, and University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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!"
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