The White House continues to to dodge the facts with double-talk, as it becomes more obvious that Trump endangered numerous people including perhaps Joe Biden. Trump seems to have known that he was COVID-positive prior to the first debate.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 11, 2020
— Andrew Weissmann (@AWeissmann_) October 10, 2020
The answer could help fill in vital details about the course of the president’s illness as well as when he may have been contagious and whom else he may have exposed. And the White House refusal to answer makes it hard not to wonder what they’re hiding, given other details they’ve shared.
“At this point it’s just so strange that they’re unwilling to give us the information,” said Michael Joseph Mina, a physician and professor of epidemiology at Harvard’s school of public health. “It makes people start thinking things like, ‘Was the president the super-spreader?’… If there was no nefarious activity going on, then they should have no problem answering this question.”
The information is also key to tracking who else may have been exposed to the virus so their contacts can be traced to prevent new clusters of infection.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 10, 2020
On Saturday, Trump’s campaign announced rallies in Pennsylvania and Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, following a previously announced rally in Florida on Monday.
The White House, which has provided only limited information about Trump’s health since he was released from Walter Reed on Monday, did not say that Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, and it did not reveal the results of multiple tests Trump has taken since he got sick.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 9, 2020