Did Donald Trump risk endangering countless people by appearing in person to debate the president with Joe Biden days after testing positive for COVID-19 last September? That’s the extraordinary new statement from Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff.
Guardians get a copy of Meadows’ upcoming book, Manager, which claimed Trump tested positive three days before his first debate against Biden on September 29 of last year. Meadows recounted how Trump took off in a helicopter from the White House lawn on September 26 for a rally in Pennsylvania shortly after attending the Supreme Court confirmation event for Amy Coney Barrett — is now known as a super viral event.
Meadows recounted how the White House doctor called him when Marine One took off with Trump on board. “Stop the president from leaving,” Sean Conley purposely told Meadows. “He just tested positive for COVID.”
However, according to Meadows, it is too late to stop Trump from leaving. Meadows acknowledged there were concerns about the president before he boarded the helicopter, writing that Trump was suffering from mild symptoms described by his former chief of staff as a “mild cold.”
As Trump got off the helicopter and boarded Air Force One, Meadows recounted that he called the president to tell him, “Mr. President… I have some bad news. You have tested positive for COVID-19. He wrote Trump’s answer “rhyme”[d] with “Oh spit, you must drive me.”
Soon after, according to the book, Trump was retested with what Meadows claimed was a more accurate system and returned a negative result. Meadows stated that Trump views that outcome as “fully allowed to press as if nothing happened,” and he continued the rally in Middletown and three days later Biden’s first debate.
The host of that debate, Chris Wallace of Fox News, said Trump has not been tested before planned event because he was late to the venue. A few days later, on October 2, Trump publicly announced that he had COVID-19 and was taken to the hospital later that same day.
Meadows, apparently anticipating criticism for allowing the president to continue with his busy schedule in contact with countless people despite the positive test results, defended himself in the book, writing. : “I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks … but I also don’t want to alarm the public if there’s nothing to worry about — which, according to the new, much more accurate test, isn’t. ”
Despite allegedly knowing he tested positive for COVID-19 on September 26, Trump will go on to suggest that he contracted the virus from members of the Gold Star family, who which he complained stood too close to him at an honored September 27 event. Families of fallen US service members.
“They want to hug me, and they want to kiss me. And they do. And, to be honest, I didn’t tell them to back up. I don’t do that,” Trump said told Fox Business in an interview October last year after recovering. “Give me a place. I want a room. Give me 12 feet. Stay 12 feet away when you talk. “
After the events of September 27, The Daily Beast reports that the White House had quietly warned the veteran group of possible exposure. The public was never informed of Trump’s initial positive test.
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