Donald Trump hid that he had tested positive for the coronavirus three days before the first election debate with Joe Biden, who was then a candidate for the presidency of the United States. It is one of the revelations of Mark Meadows’ book, The Fourth and Last Chief of Staff of the Republican President, whose content the British newspaper was able to access. Watchman. Face to face took place on September 29 in Cleveland (Ohio). after three days, The White House announced that he had been infected.
Meadows asserts in the book that although Trump knew both candidates had to submit a negative virus test taken in the 72 hours prior to the meeting, “there was nothing to stop him” from participating in the discussion. By age – Trump was 74 and Biden, 77 – both applicants fell into the risk category. The Republican submitted a negative result, corresponding to a test taken later with a different testing system.
Meadows passing notes at the White House, head boss (Head of Action), to be published next week by a conservative publisher. The British newspaper obtained a copy on Tuesday, the day Meadows announced it would be cooperating with the House Inquiry The attack on the Capitol on January 6 by a crowd of winning players. In a statement, Trump on Wednesday called the Meadows false disclosures. a favour germs, close to obsession, never received a person who had not been tested before.
The White House announced that Trump contracted the virus on October 2. According to the official version, the White House statement came just an hour after receiving the test results. The Republican president was hospitalized the same day and received experimental treatment. Trump has been noted for negligence when it comes to security measures such as the use of a mask and To disdain scientific evidenceAnd He starred in serious disagreements with White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauciconfirmed by Biden.
Given the brief temporary arcs between the first debate and the announcement of the infection, speculation about the possibility that the then president might have attended the infected debate did not stop, especially because of the various symptoms the president displayed in those days, when he was seen “a little tired and a little cold,” Meadows recalls.
On Saturday, September 26, the Trump administration celebrated in the Rose Garden of the White House Ultra-conservative judge Amy Connie Barrett of the Supreme Court, the last appointment – and expression also on the eve of elections – Which is definitely inclined towards the Republican side ideological orientation of the court. Health experts have criticized the huge event for being a “super contagion event”.
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In the afternoon, complete Watchman, when the Republican took off by helicopter to Air Force One, Air Force One, to fly to Pennsylvania, the White House doctor called Meadows. “Stop the president from leaving. He told her, ‘He just tested positive for the virus.'” By communicating with Air Force One, his chief of staff briefed him on the news. Trump responded with an expletive, adding, “It should be a truck to stop me.”
After receiving a negative result for the second test, Trump pretended nothing was wrong. His chief of staff asked his entourage to act cautiously as if he had tested positive. His only hope was that “the first test was a false positive.”
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