More on Trump with Covid, senator also tests positive

Donald Trump is experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ after testing positive for Covid. He will continue to work at this stage, but he and his staff will separate themselves from vice president Mike Pence and his staff – Pence will take over presidential duties if Trump becomes incapacitated.

Trump has been acting as if Covid is virtually over and not a risk. here’s a Twitter timeline:

That was a fund raising dinner after he knew his close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive.

Senator Mike Lee has also tested positive to Covid. Three days earlier he had met with the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Lee says he will isolate for ten days but will be back at work in time to deal with the Supreme Court nomination.

The US sharemarket started down on Friday but has recovered.

RNZ: Pence negative, Trump has mild Covid symptoms – White House

US President Donald Trump has mild symptoms of Covid-19 after he and his wife, Melania, tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House says.

Vice President Mike Pence, next in line for the Oval Office, has tested negative for Covid-19, hours after Trump announced that he was infected, Pence’s spokesperson said.

Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said the president was “on the job” and “in good spirits”, adding that he expected him to make a quick recovery.

Officials said the process of tracking all the president’s contacts in recent days was ongoing, adding that Trump was considering how he might address the nation or otherwise communicate with the American people later today.

Contact tracing will be a big job.

Yesterday, the first couple said they intended to self-isolate after one of Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive. Soon afterwards, they too received positive test results.

But there has been criticism of Trump’s decision to go to a fundraiser attended by dozens of people in New Jersey on Thursday, apparently when officials already knew about Hicks’s symptoms.

Testing positive will impact on Trump’s ability to campaign, and should also impact on his attitude to Covid and the current state of the virus in the US, but that’s not a given with Trump.

I presume this will rule out at least one of the presidential debates.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is next in line of succession after Pence. She said on Friday that she had been tested for Covid-19 and should know her results soon.

In response to Trump’s positive diagnosis, she said: “This is tragic. It’s very sad. … Going into crowds unmasked and all the rest was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen.”

Before the positive test announcements:

After the announcements:

Biden praying for Trump is an odd image.

A burn from within the family:

The president’s niece, Mary Trump, who wrote a scathing book about her uncle, had this message: “I reserve my sympathy, empathy, and despair for those who are sick and for those who have died because they were misled, lied to, or ignored.”

CNN: GOP senator on Judiciary panel tests positive for Covid-19 days after meeting with Trump’s nominee

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, announced Friday he tested positive for Covid-19, just days after meeting in person with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday.

Barrett tested negative for coronavirus on Friday, according to White House spokesperson Judd Deere.

Lee, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted on Friday that he took the test Thursday, and would “remain isolated” for 10 days. He said he has “assured” Senate Republican leaders that he will “be back to work” to join the Judiciary panel to advance Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

Ten days is a short isolation time for someone with Covid, and presumes that he will recover and test negative quickly. Most people with Covid only suffer from mild symptoms, but some are unlucky and suffer from severe and extended problames, and over 213,000 in the US have been very unlucky.

Covid continues to cause major disruptions. There are currently over 300,000 recorded new cases a day around the world , with over a million recorded deaths in total.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  3rd October 2020

    I was wondering if Biden would have to self isolate ater debating Trump.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  3rd October 2020

      US reporting 11 people involved in the debate planning are now infected.

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      • Duker

         /  3rd October 2020

        You mean at Fox news , doubt it was at the debates. he was distant even from Biden the moderator was miles away. No one is supposed to come close to Trump unless they pass the 10 min quick covid test they carry with them
        Hope was the other person in the chain who was closest

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        • Duker

           /  3rd October 2020

          The debate was hosted Fox news and their staff, the Moderator was from Fox. The chairman of Fox News Lachlan Murdoch was there as well as Sean Hannity etc

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  3rd October 2020

      I’m sure if It is required Biden will self isolate unlike the bunch in the White House who carried on for a couple of days when they should have been self isolating. And resisted masks however that may change now.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  3rd October 2020

    Hillary’s ex spokeswoman posts a “Hope he Dies” tweet. The Left are all class as we’ve seen here.

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    • Duker

       /  3rd October 2020

      I see what you are doing….. raising the bar for gentlymanly conduct.

      And as for your previous comments about ‘the rallies’ , Trump caught the virus from his advisor …not a supporter hes a germophobe anyway so has a security and anti infection bubble he travels in to keep the hoi polloi ( and their guns) distant.

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      • Duker

         /  3rd October 2020

        Trump and his ‘close advisor’ Hope Hicks who was first with symptoms

        https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/covid-19-has-been-circling-trump-for-months-20201002-p561jr.html

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        • Duker

           /  3rd October 2020

          I dont give a shit about that ( social distancing)
          The news that President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump have contracted COVID-19 comes as little surprise to some of those who have witnessed, up close, the White House’s cavalier disregard of the dangers of the pandemic that has killed more than 207,000 people in the United States and counting. Olivia Troye, a former top staffer for Vice President Mike Pence, who helped coordinate the White House’s coronavirus task force meetings and resigned in August, said that at one daily White House meeting in late spring, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and special adviser, encouraged her to sit next to him, not behind him. When she responded that the group was trying to social distance, he said, “I don’t give a shit about that.” As Troye recalled, “He was very dismissive about it.”

          “Above all, he has repeatedly mocked mask-wearing. As recently as Tuesday night from the presidential-debate stage at the Cleveland Clinic—as his own children looked on from the audience, maskless, in violation of the event’s own rules—he said derisively of his rival, Vice President Joe Biden, “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask.”
          https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/10/inside-the-white-house-cavalier-disregard-created-a-covid-petri-dish

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        • artcroft

           /  3rd October 2020

          Looks like Trump’s going for her ***** but she knows his game. lol

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    • Duker

       /  3rd October 2020

      “Hillary’s ex spokeswoman “…no shes not, just a minor official.
      Clintons probably never heard of her or 1000 others who had a some small role, and hers was on the ‘digital team’, she went to Uber back in 2014 doing the same thing and now is in fashion industry with Vogue.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd October 2020

        Ms. Rahim previously served as a national spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign and worked for Mr. Obama in the White House and on both of his presidential campaigns.

        Looks like Hillary knew her:

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        • duperez

           /  3rd October 2020

          😊 You mean knew her as in, “Lots of people want their photo taken with me, I didn’t know Epstein, or that Prince, or whomever. … I’ve never met them.” x 200 😂

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        • Duker

           /  3rd October 2020

          I saw that earlier ….I knew you would too
          Its a common feature of US politics …to stand in line to get a pic along with what looks a formal gala event , say the Met Ball , with another 50 or so people.

          Trump charges $25,000 for such a photo as everyones a mark…

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    • Yeah whatever. This is all I’ll say on the matter

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd October 2020

        Loony Left, Ishmael.

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        • Duker

           /  3rd October 2020

          What have you got against ‘….. pearl beads’

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        • duperez

           /  3rd October 2020

          I appreciate at least AW you continued trapped in the ‘Loony Left’ vein and didn’t come out to make some point about lack of humanity and the viciousness, nastiness and vindictiveness being directed at a President, a person, any person was has happened.

          Maybe there’s an element of acceptance of a notion of ‘what goes around comes around.’ There should be.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  4th October 2020

            Possibly you fail to grasp the distinction between mocking and malevolence, dups.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  3rd October 2020

      You have a loopy fringe on both the extreme left and right.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd October 2020

        Yes. But the Left’s lot get a lot more MSM support.

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        • Griff.

           /  3rd October 2020

          Of course if you are a total rwnj on the fringe the MSM is left wing.
          Go read the standard the more extreme moonbeams on there often advance the inverse argument the MSM is too right wing.
          This strongly suggests the MSM is about the center.
          I would not have a clue I don’t read much MSM views on politics mostly because its total shallow crap not because it is the wrong ideology.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  3rd October 2020

            Stupid, Griff. It’s well documented that the majority of journalists and academics vote Left. Standardistas froth madly at the few who aren’t, as well as at those who aren’t Left enough.

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            • Fight4nz

               /  3rd October 2020

              Well documented where?

            • Corky

               /  3rd October 2020

              Sir Bob Jones archives for one. And we all remember what happened when he wrote articles for MSM..or drove past the feral Left in his Roller.

            • Blazer

               /  3rd October 2020

              You worship the rich Corky..why?

            • Fight4nz

               /  3rd October 2020

              The media one just canvasses the possible biases, and for academics “ higher percentages of liberals than of conservatives, particularly among those who work in the humanities and social sciences”. And economics are conservative? Shocking.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  3rd October 2020

              F4NZ, you must read with your eyes closed.

            • Fight4nz

               /  3rd October 2020

              Specifics?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  3rd October 2020

              Just one example you ignored:
              According to a study by Lars Willnat and David H. Weaver, professors of journalism at Indiana University, conducted via online interviews with 1,080 reporters between August and December 2013, 28.1% of US journalists identify as Democrats 7.1% as Republicans, and 50.2% as independents.[85][86][87] Additionally, a 2018 Arizona State University and Texas A&M University study of 462 financial journalists found thirteen times more financial journalists identified as “liberal,” as opposed to “conservative.” The study found 58.47% of financial journalists surveyed identified as “liberal,” but only 4.5% identified as “conservative.”[88]

              An October 2017 Pew Research report found that 62% of stories involving US Republican President Donald Trump during his first 60 days in office had a negative assessment, compared to only 5% of stories with a positive assessment. By comparison, the study found that Democratic President Barack Obama received far more favorable coverage in his first 60 days in office; 42% of stories involving Obama during that period were identified as positive, and only 20% were identified as negative.

          • Griff.

             /  3rd October 2020

            oh gee Trump the lying bullshite artist has more negative stories.
            Who would have guessed that would happen ?
            Hows the easy to win trade war with China going still winning it by taxing Americans more ?
            Hillary in jail ?
            What about bring back coal ?
            Repealed obama care and replace it with something far better yet?
            opps that is right .
            Art of the ripoff deal.
            Tell them whatever they want to hear to get them to sign.
            Once signed ignore all promises as you have the suckers.

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        • Patzcuaro

           /  4th October 2020

          MSN I presume stands for mainstream media or “traditional or established broadcasting or publishing outlets”. If you prefer there is the alternative reality at Fox and various fringe right wing media sources where you get little truth and no news but lots of conspiracy theories.

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  3. Duker

     /  3rd October 2020

    Trump has been rushed to Hospital….
    And Foix news was so happy earlier hes ‘fit and strong and no symptoms’…he has underlying heart disease and is marginally obsese.
    This news had been deliberately suppressed for some hours

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    • Corky

       /  3rd October 2020

      More bullshit. He walked to his helicopter with his minders. And he doesn’t have heart disease.

      What a waste of space you are.

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      • Duker

         /  3rd October 2020

        Yes he does, that was the reason for his last dash to Walter Reed Hopsital…they cover it up by NOT ‘officially completing his yearly close checkup, even now. Thats how his doctors can lie in public

        Usual Trump ignorance from Corky

        “Dr. David Maron, the director of preventive cardiology at Stanford University’s medical school, said Wednesday that it was alarming that the president’s LDL levels remain above 140 even though he is taking 10 milligrams of Crestor, a powerful drug that is used to lower cholesterol levels to well below 100.
        powerful drug to lower cholesterol levels… undelying heart disease like I said
        Dr. Maron said he would “definitely” be worried about Mr. Trump’s risk for having a heart attack if the president were one of his patients. Asked if Mr. Trump is in perfect health, Dr. Maron offered a blunt reply: “God, no.”
        That was 2 years ago.

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        • Corky

           /  3rd October 2020

          ”Yes he does, that was the reason for his last dash to Walter Reed Hopsital…they cover it up by NOT ‘officially completing his yearly close checkup, even now. That’s how his doctors can lie in public.”

          Where’s your proof. Outside experts aren’t treating the patient.

          Powerful drug to lower cholesterol levels… underlying heart disease like I said.

          Cholesterol is not heart disease. The Cholesterol theory is debatable. Many doctors look for better markers like Uric acid, Inflammation and Homocysteine.

          BTW…everyone has plaque deposits in the arteries. Except maybe vegans.

          Post on what you know…not what you think you know.

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          • Duker

             /  3rd October 2020

            Plenty of tests for certain conditions are MARKERS for diseases… if there was no concern as you suggest they wouldnt be prescribing the MEDICATION…..

            Anyway like the risk of Covid Trump has played loose with his real medical condition for some time…. the biggest genius, the most healthiest President …all the flim flam cant make it go away.

            this time ‘the Loser’ is him and he could lose ‘HUGE’

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          • duperez

             /  3rd October 2020

            Surely the proof is as clear on here as it is on Fox today of an outside expert, a doctor, no less, not treating the patient, likely never met him, proclaimimg that the President has the robust health a 40 something year old and presenting that as a studied, knowledgeable, considered announcement to the public.

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            • Duker

               /  3rd October 2020

              Fox was saying this morning he has ‘no symptons’ , all looking good and anyway why hasnt Biden made a comment….yes that was their concern multiple times…what about Biden.
              Any we now know Trump was rushed to hospital, so of course Fox is going to be saying ‘he so healthy’
              Trumps own doctors are keeping stumm, – wheres the Press conference from them ?- while the shills from Fox are a circus of opinion and mis information.
              His yearly physical wasnt ‘completed’ because they didnt like what the answers would be.
              Trumps in hospital but the doctors wont be taking questions or giving answers…. the answers arent going to be good either

              The news just keeps getting better
              ‘Two Republican senators on the pivotal Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending White House events last week announcing Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court’
              10-8 republican majority on that committee …. so thats gone for at least 2 weeks

            • Corky

               /  3rd October 2020

              ”And we now know Trump was rushed to hospital.”

              Please stop repeating lies.

      • Fight4nz

         /  3rd October 2020

        Nothing staged or in genuine about that walk to the helicopter?

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  4. duperez

     /  3rd October 2020

    From any observation post it’s just a litany of arrogance. Pays your money takes your chances I suppose.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/300123170/covid19-cavalier-approach-to-coronavirus-catches-up-with-us-president-donald-trump

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  5. Duker

     /  3rd October 2020

    “Then came news late Friday that Trump would be airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center. Suddenly masks were the order of the day. “I have never seen so many WH staffers wearing masks at the same time throughout this entire pandemic,” CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond tweeted along with a photo of mask-clad White House staffers awaiting Trump’s departure. Even White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who had conducted an entire indoor press briefing on Thursday maskless, was pictured donning a face covering. ”
    Fools

    Too late of course…how can you fumigate the swamp ?

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  6. Duker

     /  3rd October 2020

    News on Trumps White House doctor…. who is provided by the US navy
    hes a graduate of a private Osteopathic medicine college
    a Doctor of osteopathy
    its getting so much better , who would be suitable to to treat a fraud…. we have a winner
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_College_of_Osteopathic_Medicine

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  7. duperez

     /  3rd October 2020

    A reflection to end the day on:
    “On Friday evening, Trump’s son Eric made it clear in a tweet that this was no ordinary situation as he called his father a “true warrior” and asked the President’s supporters to join him in prayers.”
    😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    It was just the flu. Then it was a war against the silent enemy, now we have a true warrior.

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