Questions mount about White House handling of COVID, Trump’s behaviorPosted by Josh Taylor / October 6, 2020
Good news: William Barr has finally decided to quarantine after being exposed to COVID along with the president and myriad others. Bad news: Mike Pence, who was at the same event, is not quarantining. This isn’t the only recent development raising eyebrows. Trump’s doctor is refusing to release Trump’s lung scan, raising concerns that the damage COVID did was much worse than the White House is letting on. And worse, there’s dissent in the Trump family. Melania wanted to quarantine, while Trump went on a joyride around the hospital, needlessly exposing Secret Service agents to COVID. Trump’s son, Don Jr., is worried about Trump’s behavior (and specifically the joyride), but his daughter and her husband Jared Kushner say he’s doing a great job. As the election looms and COVID cases mount, tensions are only going to get worse.
Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies have tested positive for COVID, as has a New York Times White House reporter, who complained that the White House is not contact tracing. Even the 6.
A source told the Associated Press that President Trump was given supplemental oxygen before going to the hospital. He appears to be doing better now, though. He is no longer on oxygen, and he has been given his first dose of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral treatment.
Donald Trump and his wife have tested positive for COVID. Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Convention, has also tested positive for COVID. And, according to Christ Christie, no one on Trump’s debate prep team was wearing a mask, meaning it is likely that all of Trump’s aides have been exposed to COVID.
Some staffers report that Trump was showing signs of COVID on Wednesday, leading to some fears that Joe Biden might have been exposed during Tuesday’s debate. Fortunately, Biden has tested negative so far.