Trump had already been notified he had tested positive for the coronavirus by the time he appeared on Fox News Thursday night.
According to The Wall Street Journal, during an interview with Sean Hannity Trump confirmed that Hope Hicks, had tested positive coronavirus, but said he wouldn’t get his results until later that night or the following morning.
But according to the WSJ, Trump had already received a positive coronavirus test by the time he appeared on Hannity’s show, and the test he announced early Friday was the second one he’d taken.
In the days since, his doctors and administration have tried to patch together a timeline of his illness that masks the likelihood that Trump wantonly spread the disease at events he attended maskless throughout the week, including the presidential debate. But the contradictory statements just added to concerns about the president’s health.
On Sunday, the physician in charge of Trump’s treatment, Dr. Sean Conley, admitted he wasn’t transparent with reporters a day earlier when he refused to answer whether Trump needed supplemental oxygen. Conley said he was
“trying to reflect the upbeat attitude of the team [and] the president over the course of his illness.”
In images shared by the White House on Twitter, Trump is seen sitting at a table in Walter Reed, purportedly working. Social media users noted it looks as though the photo is staged, with the president signing a blank sheet of paper.
Trump left Walter Reed briefly in a motorcade yesterday to wave at some of his supporters outside, potentially exposing Secret Service agents inside the vehicle to the virus.
Members of the Secret Service have since voiced concern at what many of the agency’s personnel have determined is total disregard for their well-being amid a deadly and highly contagious pandemic.
Agents have tested positive for the virus while traveling for the President’s political rallies, which he insisted on maintaining even against federal health guidelines.
One current Secret Service agent who works on the presidential and first family detail said after Trump’s drive-by, adding that those agents who went along for the ride would now be required to quarantine.
“That should never have happened…
I mean, I wouldn’t want to be around them. The frustration with how we’re treated when it comes to decisions on this illness goes back before this though.
We’re not disposable.”
(Photo, YouTube; via HuffPost)