More incompetence, as reports came forward only because of a Bloomberg journalist in the WH press corps. Trump knew of the positive diagnosis before he did a rally and a Bedminster fundraising event. Classic contact tracing problem arising from Trumpian groupthink.
At what point are President* Trump’s disgusting lies considered more than reckless endangerment and criminal negligence, and instead are considered full on democide?https://t.co/RZE921sDUK https://t.co/1ZunLLCmmB
— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) October 3, 2020
Said 72 hours into diagnosis (Trump told the public 35 hours ago)
Won’t say when his last negative test was
Was evasive on questions about oxygen
Won’t detail what heart and lung scans revealed
Won’t answer about steroids
Won’t reveal how high fever was
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) October 3, 2020
“I paid $250,000 to meet with the president and all I got was a photo of a conman and Covid-19”. https://t.co/JiICzNwTsn
— Kim (@KahootsiePie) October 3, 2020
This would mean the president was diagnosed the MORNING AFTER THE DEBATE AND NO ONE TOLD THE BIDEN CAMP OR DEBATE ATTENDEES!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/S4t3ceqaxZ
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 3, 2020
Though White House officials have begun contact tracing to try to identify the origin of the outbreak, it is not publicly known whether the Rose Garden announcement of Barrett’s nomination was a superspreader event.
Still, the jarring contrast between the carefree, cavalier attitude toward the virus on display in the Rose Garden last Saturday and the pernicious awakening that occurred Thursday night resembles a Shakespearean tragedy.
The White House’s handling of the period between the first known symptoms — those of Hicks on Wednesday — and the president’s infection, which was confirmed about 1 a.m. Friday, is what experts considered a case study in irresponsibility and mismanagement.
Administration officials at first were not transparent with the public, and have not been forthcoming with detailed information about Trump’s condition since. Meadows told reporters Friday morning only that Trump was experiencing “mild symptoms” and would not elaborate on what those symptoms were.“I’m not going to get into any particular treatment that he may or may not have,” Meadows said.
On Friday afternoon, the White House distributed a memorandum by White House physician Sean Conley describing Trump as “fatigued but in good spirits.” Though Conley listed the drugs he had administered, he provided to the public no measurements of the president’s condition, nor did he nor any other knowledgeable source submit to questions from journalists.
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) October 3, 2020
If Trump tested positive 72 hours ago like the doctor just implied this is one of the biggest scandals and coverups in American history
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) October 3, 2020
This @opinion_joe story is a familiar one for many people. He just can't convince his sister-in-law of the importance of wearing masks, even after Donald Trump contracted the virus https://t.co/cB5yjTDrqu via @bopinion
— Tara Lachapelle (@taralach) October 3, 2020
There are some questions about whether he’s ever been on oxygen.
Pretty sure Trump boarded Marine One with a portable oxygen concentrator in his pocket with the nasal cannula going up his back, hidden in his hair and tucked under his mask. He is not as well as they say. Liar in chief… pic.twitter.com/P3nwy90sYH
— fisch (@kakkiman) October 3, 2020
It was very obvious from the refusal of his doctor to say whether he had gotten oxygen at any point. He also refused to answer whether he was on steroids. So, perhaps he was hypoxic on O2 suppl and given steroids and responded, not needing oxygen today? Still very concerning.
— Leonidas Platanias, MD (@LeonidasPlatan1) October 3, 2020
that chapter by Jan-Willem Prooijen is part of a volume I've edited for @Routledgepsych on 'Psychological Insights for Understanding COVID-19 and Media and Technology' – now available for pre-order https://t.co/KkFNQswuJ2
— Ciarán Mc Mahon (@CJAMcMahon) October 2, 2020