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A Brief History of the 72 Hours Before President Trump Was Diagnosed With Covid-19

US President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 30, 2020.

US President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Air Power One upon arrival at Andrews Air Power Base in Maryland on September 30, 2020.
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President Donald Trump tweeted on October 2, 2020 at 12:54 a.m. ET that each he and First Girl Melania Trump had examined constructive for covid-19, the illness that has sickened over 7.2 million Individuals and killed over 207,000. Trump has infamously downplayed the severity of the pandemic, inflicting tens of hundreds of deaths. However will President Trump now take the pandemic extra severely, or will he weaponize his sickness in a strategy to additional weaken a democracy that’s already in peril?

There’s a number of uncertainty about what the president’s analysis means for the longer term, particularly on the subject of nationwide safety, as protection journalists identified overnight. We’ll discover out these implications within the coming days and weeks. For now, let’s take a look at the previous 72 hours, a interval when the president could have had the virus however didn’t know.

Tuesday, September 29

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden debated in Ohio on Tuesday evening, September 29, in what can solely be described as a whole shitshow, with Trump exhibiting no regard for any guidelines or decorum, continually interrupting Biden and saying completely vile issues.

When it got here to dialogue of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump ridiculed Biden for sometimes carrying a masks when he’s out in public.

“I put on masks, when wanted. When wanted, I put on masks. I don’t put on masks like him,” Trump mentioned on the debate referring to Biden. “Each time you see him he’s bought a masks. He may very well be talking 200 ft away and he exhibits up with largest masks I’ve ever seen.”

Biden countered with the recommendation from Trump’s personal CDC, saying that if everybody wore masks “between now and the top of January, we’d in all probability save as much as 100,000 lives. It issues.”

Trump replied, “And so they’ve additionally mentioned the alternative. They’ve additionally mentioned the alternative.”

No affordable well being skilled has mentioned “the alternative.” It’s extensively accepted within the public well being group all over the world that masks assist gradual the unfold of coronavirus.

From left,  Dan Scavino, Nicholas Luna, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Hope Hicks walk to board Marine One with President Donald Trump at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Minnesota.

From left, Dan Scavino, Nicholas Luna, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Hope Hicks stroll to board Marine One with President Donald Trump on the White Home, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington, for the quick journey to Andrews Air Power Base en path to Minnesota.
Picture: Carolyn Kaster (AP)

Lots of the president’s members of the family had been in attendance on the debate, together with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, and the First Girl, Melania Trump. The one particular person from Trump’s camp who wore a masks whereas on the occasion was Melania, although she took it off when she appeared onstage with the president after the talk had concluded.

Notably, President Trump and Joe Biden didn’t shake arms earlier than or after the talk. The podiums for the 2 males had been spaced comparatively far aside, however there’s no magic to the “six-foot” rule of social distancing, particularly once you’re indoors.

Simply because they had been greater than six ft aside doesn’t imply they weren’t shut sufficient to turn into contaminated by each other, as research from as early as January confirmed individuals at a restaurant in Wuhan, China contracted the illness probably due to the air circulation within the room.

First lady Melania Trump (L), Ivanka Trump (C), and Eric Trump (R) arrive to the presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

First girl Melania Trump (L), Ivanka Trump (C), and Eric Trump (R) arrive to the presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden on the Well being Training Campus of Case Western Reserve College on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Picture: Scott Olson (Getty Pictures)

Wednesday, September 30

White Home workers are frequently examined for the coronavirus, and White Home counselor Hope Hicks examined unfavorable on the morning of September 30, however developed signs through the day, in response to CBS Information. Hicks then examined constructive on the night of September 30, and but Trump nonetheless traveled to a closed fundraiser after studying that information.

Trump attended a non-public fundraiser hosted by the CEO of Cambria Marty Davis within the suburb of Shorewood, Minnesota. Cambria makes granite merchandise primarily used for issues like kitchen counter tops.

Trump then flew as much as Duluth and held a rally at Duluth Worldwide Airport in round eight p.m. native time (9 p.m. ET) with most individuals in attendance not carrying masks. The speech contained a lot of overt racism about Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar and the Somali immigrant group within the Twin Cities.

White House social media director Dan Scavino, left, wears a face mask as he accompanies President Donald Trump, right, aboard Marine One as they depart, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

White Home social media director Dan Scavino, left, wears a face masks as he accompanies President Donald Trump, proper, aboard Marine One as they depart, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Andrews Air Power Base, Md.
Picture: Alex Brandon (AP)

Thursday, October 1

Trump didn’t put on a masks all day Thursday, in response to unnamed officers who spoke with the Washington Post. And the president flew on Marine One with individuals like Hope Hicks, and social media guru Dan Scavino.

Trump additionally attended a fundraising occasion Thursday at his non-public golf membership in Bedminster, New Jersey. The closed-door occasion included a roundtable dialogue, picture alternative, and a reception, which value $250,000 per particular person, in response to native newspapers.

Thursday evening, a pre-recorded message of Trump was performed on the Catholic Archdiocese’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Basis dinner that’s held yearly in New York. Trump’s remarks had been recorded on the White Home and he blamed China for the coronavirus.

“The top of the pandemic is in sight, and subsequent yr will likely be one of many best years within the historical past of our nation,” Trump said whereas hailing Catholic Individuals all through historical past.

Trump appeared by phone on Sean Hannity’s Fox Information present beginning at 9:38 p.m. and spent most of his time complaining about being handled unfairly by the media. Trump additionally mentioned that “we actually have a one-party system,” apparently referring to the Democrats in a nonsensical rant. Trump whined about his political opponents advocating that locations like Guam and Puerto Rico turn into states, one thing that has not been a difficulty raised by individuals like Joe Biden throughout this election season.

After ten minutes of the president rambling, Hannity talked about the breaking information about Hope Hicks testing constructive. Curiously, Trump spoke in a short time and mentioned he didn’t know whether or not he ought to self-quarantine, even going as far as to confess that he might need contracted the illness.

“So, she did check constructive. I simply heard about this, she examined constructive,” Trump advised Hannity. “She’s a tough employee. Lots of masks, she wears masks loads, however she examined constructive and I simply went out with a check, I’ll see what… , as a result of we spend a number of time… and the primary girl simply went out with a check, so… So whether or not we quarantine or whether or not we have now it, I don’t know.”

Trump went on to recommend that he could have been contaminated by somebody from the U.S. army or a police officer.

“You recognize, It’s very laborious. Once you’re with troopers, once you’re with airmen, once you’re with Marines, and I’m with… the cops, I’m with them a lot. And once they come over to you it’s very laborious to say ‘keep again, keep again.’ You recognize, it’s a troublesome form of a scenario, it’s a horrible factor,” Trump advised Hannity.

“It’s very, very laborious if you find yourself with individuals from the army or regulation enforcement as a result of they arrive over to you and so they wish to hug you and so they wish to kiss you as a result of we actually have a carried out good job for the. And also you get shut, and issues occur,” Trump continued.

After spending a couple of minutes speaking about that, Hannity shortly pivoted to different matters like supposed mail-in poll fraud. Trump made a ton of false statements, together with the whole lie that you just don’t even need to signal your poll in Nevada. Trump has made that declare earlier than and unbiased truth checkers have mentioned it’s simply not true.

Friday, October 2

Trump was the primary to announce that he’d been identified with covid-19 and did so on Twitter at 12:54 a.m. ET, setting off an extended evening of stay information reporting with hypothesis about what this may imply for the election on November three and for Trump personally.

Trump’s tweet was adopted minutes later with a press launch from the president’s physician, Sean P. Conley. The doctor mentioned that the president and first girl are “each effectively at the moment” and the White Home medical workers are going to stay on “vigilante watch” over the couple.

Fox Information, Trump’s favourite information outlet, introduced the president’s analysis whereas exhibiting a handful of pictures of Trump wearing a mask. Fox additionally confirmed footage of Trump and Hope Hicks on Marine One, the helicopter that’s mostly used to move the president from the White Home to the airport, although that gave the impression to be file footage from a couple of weeks ago.

People who recently traveled with Hope Hicks, who was confirmed to have the coronavirus

Individuals who not too long ago traveled with Hope Hicks, who was confirmed to have the coronavirus
Screenshot: NBC Information

However extra accountable information shops like NBC News reported on the contact tracing that’s underway on the White Home, placing up a jarring graphic with the checklist of people that have not too long ago traveled with Hope Hicks. The checklist contains individuals like Rep. Jim Jordan, Rudy Giuliani, Jared Kushner, and White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

There have been a number of questions in a single day about whether or not Joe Biden has been examined for covid-19 and his marketing campaign has but to launch an announcement.

The Future

Trump was imagined to journey to Florida and Wisconsin over this weekend however these plans have been canceled whereas the president self-quarantines, in response to the Washington Post. Trump’s schedule right now was supposed to incorporate a convention name with senior residents concerning the coronavirus, nevertheless it’s nonetheless unclear if that’s been canceled or will go forward.

The subsequent debate is definitely the vice presidential debate, scheduled for October 7 on the College of Utah. The opposite two presidential debates are scheduled for October 15 in Miami, Florida and October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

What occurs subsequent? Your guess is nearly as good as ours. But when the trajectory of 2020 is any indication, it’s solely going to get extra bizarre.

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Matt Novak