Sr. WH official: 'There are reports that COVID is spreading like wildfire through the White House'


So a plague is ripping through the White House and no one knows what to do or what’s really going on, as top officials downplay the threat and keep everyone in the dark.

Man, that’s so against type for these people.

New York magazine:

With President Trump hospitalized for COVID-19 at Walter Reed medical center, officials spent Saturday sowing doubt about his condition instead of offering clarity and reassurance. Doctors and members of the White House staff provided conflicting information about the timeline and progression of the president’s illness, making a bad situation even worse. Asked what it’s been like for insiders trying to get information about the president and the virus spreading through the government, a senior White House official told Intelligencer, “That’s easy. We don’t get any.”

Er, join the club …

On Thursday, officials learned that Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest aides, tested positive for COVID-19 just before Trump boarded Marine One en route to a fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. The White House sought to keep the story from getting out, which meant keeping much of its own staff — who, like the president, had been exposed to Hicks — in the dark. More than a dozen people connected to the White House tested positive by Saturday evening.

“Ninety percent of the [White House] complex most certainly learned about it in the news, as has been the case ever since,” the senior official said. “There are reports that COVID is spreading like wildfire through the White House. There are hundreds and hundreds of people who work on-complex, some who have families with high-risk family members. Since this whole thing started, not one email has gone out to tell employees what to do or what’s going on.”

You mean the Trump administration is showing a reckless disregard for its own people? That doesn’t sound right. They’re usually so forthright about this kind of thing.

Should I feel extra sorry for people who willfully worked for an administration that separated children from their families, showed wanton disregard for people’s lives, and continually gaslighted a nation of 330 million people about a deadly virus?

Let me double-check …


I’ll check again tomorrow. Maybe I’ll be in a more generous mood.

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  • October 3, 2020