President Donald Trump mocked his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, for “wearing the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” That comment is now being considered retrospectively following Trump’s announcement Friday that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19.
The president has just been released from Walter Reed hospital and says he “feels better than he has in the last 20 years.”
President Trump boarded Marine One back to the White House on Monday where he plans to spend the remainder of his quarantine period.
It is not clear if the president was stricken during the debate with Biden last week. Presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace revealed on Fox News that Trump allegedly, showed up too late to be tested before the presidential debate Tuesday night, so it is not known for certain. However, former White House communications director Hope Hicks was one of the latest to have contracted COVID, testing positive on Thursday.
During a press release in May Trump confirmed he had been receiving COVID-19 testing every 2 to 3 days.
The left-wing narrative that the spread of COVID-19 has punctuated an incompetence particular to the Trump administration, has been apparently validated by the president’s announcement. But his news was also is a source of skepticism for many members of his base.
This decision to willfully cast his “misfortune” into the spotlight, following the leaked Bob Woodward interview in which Trump admitted to outwardly downplaying the virus, is boarder-line self-sabotaging.
On the other hand, the rapid unfolding of events has led to doubts as to whether he’s contracted the Coronavirus. It’s possible Trump rolled out a plan for a 14-day self-quarantine, 15 days before the next presidential election to garner sympathy from undecideds. But the more obvious and pointed strategy behind this, showcasing his COVID-19 recovery before America in real time, may be exactly what he needs to thrust him over the finish line Nov. 3.
Widespread coronavirus developments have been a looming dark cloud; should Trump successfully dissipate the worries surrounding COVID — which has killed more than 210,000 Americans — it may earn him a second term.
White House officials reported that Trump developed a low-grade fever and fatigue early Friday. Out of “an abundance of caution” the president was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he has reportedly taken an 8-gram dosage of an antibody drug cocktail in its final stages of clinical trials.
It’s all eyes on Vice President Mike Pence as his debate draws near. Constituents will be closely considering the vice president as potentially the next commander-in-chief while the president is being closely monitored for new COVID-19 developments.
The staunchly religious, old-school conservative displays a more collected approach in his expression, in comparison to Trump. He developed as a political figure working at an Indiana radio station shortly after his failed congressional run in 1988. Most infamously recognized for his views on conversion therapy and abortion, he signed a bill in May banning abortions for reasons due to detected abnormalities, race or gender.
With the Supreme Court resuming Monday, hearings for gay marriage, abortion and religion raise the stakes for both Democratic and Republican voters. The stakes are high, and the itinerary is chock-full of incentives to get out and vote.