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    https://fox40.com/news/political-con...ing-very-well/

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? President Donald Trump?s doctor on Saturday painted a rosy picture of the president?s health as he remains hospitalized for coronavirus treatment. But that assessment was immediately contradicted by a person familiar with Trump?s condition, who said the president was administered supplemental oxygen on Friday at the White House.

    As well, Trump?s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said the president went through a ?very concerning? period Friday and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.

    The briefing by Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley and other doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center raised more questions than it answered, as the president?s physician left murky the issue of whether the president needed supplemental oxygen and declined to discuss exactly when he fell ill. Conley, in his briefing, also revealed that Trump began exhibiting ?clinical indications? of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon, earlier than known.

    According to the person familiar with Trump?s condition, Trump was administered oxygen at the White House on Friday before he was transported to the military hospital. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity,

    Conley had said Trump has been fever-free for 24 hours as he updated the nation on the president?s condition from Walter Reed Saturday afternoon. Trump was admitted Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus and has been undergoing treatment.

    While Conley said the president is not currently on oxygen, he refused to say whether the president had ever been on oxygen, despite repeated questioning.

    ?Thursday no oxygen. None at this moment. And yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen,? he said. He said that Trump?s symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion ?are now resolving and improving.?

    ?He?s in exceptionally good spirits,? said another doctor, Sean Dooley.

    The administration has consistently been less than transparent about the president?s health as the virus spread inside the White House. Aides had declined to share basic health information about the president, including a full accounting of his symptoms, what tests he?s undertaken and the results. The first word that a close aide to Trump had been infected came from the media, not the White House.

    In a memo released shortly before midnight, Conley did report that Trump had been treated at the hospital with remdesivir, an antiviral medication, after taking another experimental drug at the White House. He added that Trump is ?doing very well? and is ?not requiring any supplemental oxygen.?

    The White House said Trump was expected to stay at the hospital for ?a few days? out of an abundance of caution and that he would continue to work from the hospital?s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to keep up his official duties. In addition to accessibility to tests and equipment, the decision was made, at least in part, with the understanding that moving him later, if he took a turn for the worse, could send a worrying signal.

    On Saturday, Conley said Trump?s blood oxygen level is 96%, which is in the normal range. Trump has been treated with two experimental drugs, given through an IV, that have shown some promise against COVID-19. On Friday, he was given a single dose of a drug Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. is testing to supply antibodies to help his immune system fight the virus.

    Friday night, he began a five-day course of remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug currently used for moderately and severely ill patients. The drugs work in different ways ? the antibodies help the immune system rid the body of virus and remdesivir curbs the virus? ability to multiply. ?We?re maximizing all aspects of his care,? attacking the virus in multiple ways, Conley said. ?I didn?t want to hold anything back if there was any possibility it would add value to his care.?

    The White House has said Trump is expected to stay at the hospital for ?a few days? and will continue to work from the hospital?s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to keep up his official duties. In addition to accessibility to tests and equipment, the decision was made, at least in part, with the understanding that moving him later, if he took a turn for the worse, could send a worrying signal.

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    If he dies, I totally expect the RWNJ's to try to pull a Weekend at Bernies, that's how much they want to paint a false picture of what is going on. Virus? Oh not Trump, he's Superman, the virus can't hurt him!

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    I wonder if my nutzo uncle still thinks COVID is a hoax now. probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    I wonder if my nutzo uncle still thinks COVID is a hoax now. probably.
    I have been avoiding the news for the last few weeks, but I have looked at it in the last couple of days to see if he is still alive. I have seen articles where his supporters refuse to believe that he actually has the virus. They think it's still a hoax, or they think he's too tough to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    If he dies, I totally expect the RWNJ's to try to pull a Weekend at Bernies, that's how much they want to paint a false picture of what is going on. Virus? Oh not Trump, he's Superman, the virus can't hurt him!
    But wait also consider all the other people going with Trump due to their COVID-19 conditions his entire cabinet and congressional allies are trying to pull a Typhoid Mary and a Jim Jones move here. So far I seen this White House meeting over Supreme Court candidate is considered the epicenter of the start of the outbreak as in some of the reports.

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    Awwww!

    I lurk more often now, but it's been awhile since I went full on postal on anyone.

    For the record: Every one of these goddamn single brain cell fucks who doesn't want to wear a mask in the wake of this virus is a piece of shit. It didn't have to be this way, but you ignorant fuckers have spread this virus just like Typhoid Mary spread her ills. There are now superspreaders, who carry the virus, likely had a mild case, and continue to infect others on a daily basis.

    Oh, and all you inbred goat fuckers screaming about "freedoms" need to sit the fuck down, too. With freedom comes responsibility, but you seem to forget that shit, because you're fucking dog shit with a pulse. And it doesn't matter if we're talking about pandemics or guns, the same holds true, so fuck you and your mom.

    These are the people who should be locked up before they are taken out and shot.

    Let me make this perfectly clear for anyone in the audience who isn't able to comprehend things: There are people awake 24/7/365 right now, trying to get a handle on this fucking virus and learn as much as they can from the data they have and continue to receive. This virus is no joke, and if you're stupid enough to think that it's a hoax, as your dumbass president has mentioned, then I hope you catch it and it leaves you with serious side effects that last you the rest of your stupid ass life.

    Why? Because I, along with half the population of this fucking country, are tired of you ignorant motherfuckers thinking you know better than the scientific and healthcare communities who exist solely to prevent these kinds of things from happening. You have disgraced yourselves in ways you can't even begin to comprehend because you think that your high school diploma and a google search give you just as much credibility as a researcher who spends decades peering down the lens of a microscope in search of answers.


    I'm tired of the level of stupid that exists in this once great nation. Other countries did the right things, but you brain dead fucks just couldn't do the right thing for yourselves or your neighbors. You don't ever, EVER get to call yourselves "Christians" again. You've shown the world who you really are deep inside.

    I don't pull my punches. You may not agree with my statement, but I truly don't give a holy goat fuck. You are the reason this country is not well off, and you are the reason that 200,000 people in this country have died. I hope you die in your sleep after a nightmare where the ugly monster inside you takes your soul straight to hell.

    Your stupidity has cost lives, not to mention the well being of countless others who didn't die but suffer every day now. Fuck every single one of you heartless pieces of human shit.
    Sit back smoke some kush. It will take the edge off and you'll feel better.

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...e?srnd=premium


    White House aide Nick Luna, who serves as a personal attendant to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus infection, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Luna?s diagnosis emerged a little more than 24 hours after Trump entered the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of Covid-19 following his own infection.

    Known as one of Trump?s so-called body men, Luna is the latest member of Trump?s inner circle of White House personnel to contract coronavirus. Hope Hicks, one of the president?s closest advisers, fell ill on Wednesday while traveling with Trump to Minnesota.

    Luna, who runs Oval Office operations for the White House, accompanied Trump on his trip to Cleveland for the presidential debate on Tuesday and was also aboard Air Force One on the Minnesota trip when Hicks first began experiencing symptoms.

    Luna was one of the aides who had planned to accompany Trump on Thursday to a fundraiser at the president?s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, but stayed behind because of recent close contact with Hicks.

    The White House press office had no immediate comment.

    Earlier this year, Luna married Cassidy Dumbauld, an assistant to White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    In his job as a body man, Luna travels closely with the president, holding papers and helping keep Trump?s schedule.

    In addition to Luna and Hicks, the president?s re-election campaign manager Bill Stepien, 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, and a number of prominent Republican lawmakers and officials have tested positive since Thursday.

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...rapy-for-trump

    Medical specialists have elected to start Remdesivir therapy for President Donald Trump, according to a tweet from Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that cites a statement from his physician.

    Trump has completed his first dose of the drug and is resting comfortably, according to his physician Sean Conley. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, the statement says.

    Trump tweeted shortly before the statement hit, saying he is going well and “thank you to all.”

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    I wonder how many family members will blame Trump if one of his good ol' people die after getting infected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    I wonder how many family members will blame Trump if one of his good ol' people die after getting infected?
    He is already laying down groundwork to show how this is not his fault. He threw the military and police and Hope Hicks under the bus, and these are 'his people'. He said the military and police were 'infected' and basically implied that Hope was a whore and was out hugging and kissing on all the infected military and police and got the virus that way and gave it to everyone. Just wow!

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...id=mailsignout

    White House acknowledges Trump's condition had been worse than revealed

    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed that President Donald Trump's condition on Friday was far worse than officials had made public, saying doctors recommended the president go to the hospital after seeing he had a fever and his blood oxygen level dropped rapidly.

    Meadows made the comments in an interview with Fox News broadcast Saturday night that capped two days of conflicting and opaque assessments of the 74-year-old president's health.

    "I can tell you this the biggest thing we see is with no fever now, and with him doing really well with his oxygen saturation levels," Meadows told Fox host Jeanine Pirro. “Yesterday morning we were really concerned by that. He had a fever, and his oxygen level had dropped rapidly. Yet in typical style, this president was up and walking around."

    White House officials including Meadows said on Friday that Trump was experiencing "mild symptoms" and continuing to work. He told Fox News however, that doctors from Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins recommended that Trump go to the hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post

    White House acknowledges Trump's condition had been worse than revealed
    https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...p-covid-425912

    The only problem with this is the fact that the "source" of these reports is Mark Meadows, who is as big a liar as any member of this swamp.

    I wouldn't put it past him to lie to try to gin up sympathy for the devil. I don't know what the real story is, but I'm sure it won't come to us from the white house or any of it's benighted denizens.
    In January 2013, after an unsuccessful attempt by Tea Party conservatives to overthrow House Speaker John Boehner, a rookie congressman from North Carolina slinked into the speaker’s office complex inside the U.S. Capitol. Mark Meadows had not voted against Boehner on the House floor. But he had participated in the plotting—and word had since leaked out naming him as one of the conspirators. Frightened that he would be exiled to the hinterlands of the House, the freshman sought an audience with the speaker.

    “He’s on the couch, sitting across from me in my chair, and suddenly he slides off the couch, down onto his knees, and puts his hands together in front of his chest,” Boehner recalled to me. “He says, ‘Mr. Speaker, will you please forgive me?’” (This incident was witnessed by several people, including Boehner’s chief of staff, Mike Sommers, who described it as “the strangest behavior I had ever seen in Congress.”)

    The speaker took pity. He figured Meadows was just a “nervous new member who wanted to be liked” and told him there was no harm done. The two men carried on fine over the next couple of years—until Meadows surprised his colleagues by voting against Boehner’s reelection in 2015. “And then he sends me the most gracious note you’ll ever read, saying what an admirable job I’ve done as speaker,” Boehner recalled. “I just figured he’s a schizophrenic.”

    That’s one diagnosis of Meadows—and trust me, there are plenty to go around in Washington. Friends would describe him as a respectable player—calculating and slippery but decent to a fault. Enemies would liken him to a political sociopath, someone whose charm and affability conceal an unemotional capacity for deception. What both groups would agree upon is that Meadows, the 61-year-old White House chief of staff, is so consumed with his cloak-and-dagger, three-dimensional-chess approach to Washington that he can’t always be trusted.

    Which makes him precisely the wrong person to be at the center of an international crisis.

    It was unsettling enough on Saturday morning to hear President Donald Trump’s personal physician, Sean Conley, evading questions from the media during a news conference outside Walter Reed Medical Center. Tasked with giving an update on Trump’s bout with Covid-19, Conley wouldn’t say definitively whether the president had ever been given supplemental oxygen; what his temperature was; whether any lung damage had been detected. Making matters worse, the timeline he provided of Trump’s illness was wrong; he was forced to correct it after the briefing. Still, the big takeaway was that Trump was doing “very well,” that doctors were “extremely happy” with his condition, that the move to Walter Reed was nothing more than a “precautionary measure.”

    Incredibly, just minutes after that briefing, the traveling press pool blasted out a statement provided by “a source familiar with the president’s health.” The anonymous quote hinted at something far bleaker than what the 10-member team of medical professionals had just offered: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”

    It became immediately obvious that Meadows was the source; he was the only White House official at Walter Reed, the only person who could have so promptly briefed the pool on the president’s condition. (Sure enough, footage quickly surfaced showing Meadows pulling the reporters to the side, asking to speak “off the record with some of y’all” for a minute.)

    What wasn’t clear—and still isn’t clear—is why Meadows said what he said. (I tried to get him to explain but he did not respond to messages seeking comment.)

    Here again, there are competing theories among people who know him. One is that Meadows was concerned that Americans weren’t getting the full picture on the president’s health and wanted to offer a more realistic assessment. Another is that Meadows, a lover of political drama, wanted to seed a narrative of the president on the ropes and fighting for his life, setting up the storyline of a triumphant comeback. In reality, the likeliest explanation is that Meadows, having watched the doctors shed little light on Trump’s situation, tried to be helpful by providing some needed context to reporters, but overstepped with his melodramatic wording.

    Whatever the case, Meadows erred not only by stepping on the doctors’ statement with his own, but by doing so anonymously, piling enormous confusion on top of an already chaotic moment. That the reporters in the pool agreed to the chief’s ground rules at such a critical time, on such a sensitive subject matter, is bad enough; what’s unfathomable is the top staffer at a White House that regularly disparages anonymous sourcing as “Fake News“ requesting the cover of background to deliver news the entire world was waiting on.

    Meadows refused to confirm that he was, in fact, the anonymous source. That didn’t stop several outlets, including the Associated Press and the New York Times, from attributing the quote to him based on their reporters’ knowledge of events. What came next, however, was all the more bizarre: Meadows told Reuters, late on Saturday afternoon, “The president is doing very well. He is up and about and asking for documents to review. The doctors are very pleased with his vital signs. I have met with him on multiple occasions today on a variety of issues.”

    To recap: Meadows went on the record with Reuters to contradict what he told other reporters on the condition of anonymity earlier in the day—comments that contradicted what the president’s own doctor had broadcasted to the public after 18 hours without official word on the president’s medical condition.

    The most powerful nation on earth, with the eyes of the world fixed upon it, could not get her story straight.

    The Trump administration has faced a crisis of credibility since Day One. It has peddled lies and misinformation about everything from inauguration crowd sizes to Amy Coney Barrett being a Rhodes scholar. But nothing could be as consequentially incompetent as providing mixed messages regarding the president’s health while he is hospitalized with a potentially life-threatening illness. And the weight of responsibility does not fall on Trump. It’s not the fault of the White House communications shop or the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany. The blame belongs to Meadows.

    Nobody could have predicted, when the chief of staff took over in March, that his own personal track record of unreliability would intersect so serendipitously with the Trump administration’s inability to shoot straight. But it’s not exactly surprising, either. The combination of Trump and Meadows—a pair of known embellishers, two men who fancy themselves expert negotiators but have never sealed a major deal in Washington—struck some people in the capital city as a disaster waiting to happen. When Meadows moved into his new role, one of his former allies in the House Freedom Caucus, a personal friend, told me his biggest concern wasn’t whether Meadows would hold Trump accountable; rather, it was whether anyone in the administration would hold Meadows accountable, reining in his constant freelancing and inflated sense of himself as an operator.

    There was ample justification for such concern. Many was the meeting of the House Freedom Caucus from which members walked away uncertain if what Meadows was telling them matched what he was telling reporters in background conversations, or what he was telling House GOP leadership in their private meetings. For his part, Paul Ryan, who clashed repeatedly with the Freedom Caucus during his time as speaker, developed a unified theory of how to deal with the group. Of its co-leaders, Meadows and Jim Jordan, Ryan believed he could deal with Jordan; strident and hard as the Ohio congressman was, Ryan always felt their communication was straightforward. Meadows, on the other hand, was always up to something, always playing the angles, always dealing in smoke and mirrors.

    Meadows earned every inch of this reputation over his seven years in Congress. Whether it was spearheading the doomed effort to defund Obamacare in the House, or forming the House Freedom Caucus, or breaking with his comrades to light the spark that led to Boehner’s eventual resignation, Meadows has a nose for opportunity and a bottomless appetite for fame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    He is already laying down groundwork to show how this is not his fault. He threw the military and police and Hope Hicks under the bus, and these are 'his people'. He said the military and police were 'infected' and basically implied that Hope was a whore and was out hugging and kissing on all the infected military and police and got the virus that way and gave it to everyone. Just wow!
    At this point the Right Wing is a Death Cult worse than even Typhoid Mary and Jim Jones combined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzld View Post
    https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...p-covid-425912

    The only problem with this is the fact that the "source" of these reports is Mark Meadows, who is as big a liar as any member of this swamp.

    I wouldn't put it past him to lie to try to gin up sympathy for the devil. I don't know what the real story is, but I'm sure it won't come to us from the white house or any of it's benighted denizens.
    I think they're going to make it out that the virus was bad, but he is like superman. Never mind that he was helicoptered out at taxpayer's expense and has been given multiple experimental treatment. I think they're going to move heaven and earth to get him through it and then try to proclaim that the virus isn't strong compared to Trump. They're going to act like he just flexed his biceps and shook it off.

    Also, this.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trum...-video-2020-10



    President Donald Trump looked paler than usual while speaking from the Walter Reed medical center on Saturday, a detail that was quickly pointed out by people on social media.

    Trump released a video from the hospital where he is being treated for coronavirus, saying he feels "much better now" but that the days ahead will be "the real test."

    In the 4-minute long address, the president appeared to speak and breathe well but looked noticeably paler.

    People quickly noticed the stark difference between Trump's complexion during Tuesday's first presidential debate compared to his hospital appearance.

    Krister Johnson, an Emmy Award-winning comedy television producer, joked in response: "The spray tan machine didn't have the strength to walk to Marine One."

    A senior administration official told the New York Times in 2019 that the president's tanned appearance is the result of "good genes" and a little translucent powder, which the president applies himself before television appearances.
    So is he saying darker skin is 'good genes'???

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I think they're going to make it out that the virus was bad, but he is like superman. Never mind that he was helicoptered out at taxpayer's expense and has been given multiple experimental treatment. I think they're going to move heaven and earth to get him through it and then try to proclaim that the virus isn't strong compared to Trump. They're going to act like he just flexed his biceps and shook it off.

    Also, this.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trum...-video-2020-10



    So is he saying darker skin is 'good genes'???
    A tan YES. But nothing darker than a light paper bag.

    Yeah. How can you tell they are lying... sound is being emitted even if their lips aren't moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzld View Post
    A tan YES. But nothing darker than a light paper bag.

    Yeah. How can you tell they are lying... sound is being emitted even if their lips aren't moving.
    Omg! He needs to back to Florida and lay on the beach. Hopefully, no one will try to push him into the ocean thinking he's a beached whale.
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    . The White House physician said Sunday that President Donald Trump is now taking another drug for Covid-19, adding to his growing list of treatments for his illness.

    Dr. Sean Conley said the president was given a steroid called dexamethasone following "two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation," meaning his oxygen levels dropped too low.

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    "We debated the reasons for this and whether we even intervene," Conley said at a news conference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It "was a determination of the team, based predominantly on the timeline from the initial diagnosis, that we initiate dexamethasone."

    Trump received the first dose of the steroid Saturday and will be on it for "the time being," Conley said.

    Dexamethasone has been shown to be beneficial in those with severe Covid-19 because it can stop the immune system from going into overdrive. When that happens, the immune system can do more harm than good, attacking the body in what is called a cytokine storm.However, the drug is not recommended for more mild cases of the disease.

    "The fact that he got the steroid sets up a bit of a red flag that there's something going on here," NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres told Kate Snow on Sunday. "I think they might be painting a little bit of a rosy picture for everyone."

    The treatment was first shown to be helpful in June in clinical trials in the U.K. Preliminary results of the trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the steroid reduced the risk of death in patients with severe Covid-19 who need supplemental oxygen. But for mild cases, the treatment can be harmful.


    "However, there was no evidence that dexamethasone provided any benefit among patients who were not receiving respiratory support at randomization, and the results were consistent with possible harm in this subgroup," the researchers wrote.

    The National Institutes of Health guidelines for the drug reflect those findings, stating that dexamethasone should be given only to patients who are on ventilators or need supplemental oxygen. They do not recommend using it for those with less serious illness because of the potential for harm.

    "We do not recommend giving it to patients who are not on supplemental oxygen or ventilated, because, in that case, it's going to suppress the immune system and it won't be able to fight off the Covid in those early stages," Torres said.

    Dr. Michael Saag, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said the fact that doctors gave him the drug makes him suspect that the president might have taken a sudden turn Thursday night into Friday morning."The disease course of Covid-19 is very unpredictable and waxes and wanes throughout the course of illness," Saag said. "I would expect for the president, and every other symptomatic person with Covid, to have moments where he feels much worse. Perhaps it was during one of those moments they decided to treat him more aggressively."

    Conley said Sunday that Trump has normal oxygen levels and no fever. He is continuing to receive an antiviral treatment called remdesivir, and he received a single infusion of an experimental antibody treatment Friday.

    Trump's doctors said he could be released as early as Monday, but Torres said he is not in the clear yet.

    "We're not even in that seven- to 10-day period yet, when we get really worried about the lungs," he said.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/healt...id-19-n1242069

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...officials-list

    Here is a list of Covid-19 test results for U.S. government officials and others within the political circle as the country counts down to the Nov. 3 presidential election. President Donald Trump first announced his diagnosis early Friday.

    People who have tested positive for Covid-19, so far:

    President Donald Trump
    First Lady Melania Trump
    Hope Hicks, senior adviser to the president
    Bill Stepien, Trump campaign manager
    Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor who helped Trump prepare for debate
    Kellyanne Conway, former White House senior adviser
    Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee Chairwoman
    Mike Lee, Utah’s Republican Senator
    Thom Tillis, North Carolina’s Republican Senator
    Ron Johnson, Wisconsin’s Republican Senator
    Nick Luna, Trump’s personal attendant
    People who have tested negative for Covid-19, so far:

    Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee, and wife Jill Biden
    Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential candidate
    Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
    Mike Pence, Vice President and wife Karen
    Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff
    Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary
    Larry Kudlow, White House Economic Adviser
    Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court
    Jason Miller, Trump campaign aide
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    Journalists often scramble to get as close to the news as they can. That dynamic is creating challenges for some of the nation’s best-known TV-news outlets.

    More TV-news operations are being affected by recent White House disclosures about President Donald Trump testing positive for coronavirus. ABC News staffers who came in contact with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie when he served as an analyst for the first presidential debate earlier this week will have to quarantine for two weeks after Christie acknowledged Saturday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. The former Republican governor had helped President Trump prepare for the debate.

    Governor Christie “was last in our TV3 studio on Tuesday, and he won’t appear in our studio again until he’s cleared by a doctor, following guidance from the CDC and local health officials,” ABC News said in a statement. “Anyone on our staff in direct contact with the Governor as defined by the CDC will self-isolate for 14 days. We wish the Governor a speedy recovery.”

    ABC News did not immediately respond to a query about which staffers might be affected, but Christie appeared on an after-debate roundtable anchored by Linsey Davis and alongside three other analysts: former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel; Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson; and former George W. Bush campaign executive Sara Fagen. ABC News’ debate coverage was anchored by George Stephanopoulos, ABC News’ chief anchor, who was joined by Davis and David Muir, who anchors the network’s evening newscast, “World News Tonight.” It was not immediately clear which anchors were present in what studio, but Davis was clearly shown on TV hosting the roundtable while sitting in socially-distanced fashion from panelists. Emanuel has tweeted that he has tested negative.

    ABC News is the latest of the nation’s TV journalism outlets forced to grapple with the outbreak of the contagion at the White House. Some of Fox News Channel’s best-known personnel are getting tested after they attended the first debate between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Cleveland earlier this week. Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” moderated the event, and some colleagues who were exposed to him or the debate environs – Sean Hannity, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum are believed to be among them – are getting tests and taking precautions.

    NBC News and MSNBC has also acknowledged that staffers who may have covered the recent debate or President Trump’s recent unveiling of a new Supreme Court nominee at the White House “are following contact tracing guidelines as set forth by the CDC and the NBCUniversal Medical team and some employees will be self-quarantining out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement from the NBCUniversal-owned media operations.

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    CNN anchor Ana Cabrera battled Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller on Sunday over whether President Trump and his campaign had followed the necessary protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 over the course of the past few months.
    Jason Miller wearing a suit and tie: CNN anchor confronts senior Trump campaign adviser after motorcade: Trump's 'downplaying the virus' ? Getty CNN anchor confronts senior Trump campaign adviser after motorcade: Trump's 'downplaying the virus'

    In a lengthy interview with Miller, Cabrera repeatedly challenged the Trump aide over the president's frequent refusal to wear masks in public appearances, the lack of mask requirements at the campaign's rallies and audio published by The Washington Post in which Trump can be heard admitting that he downplayed the virus's danger in an attempt to avoid causing panic.

    "He's been downplaying the virus, and let's just be honest: Let's call a spade a spade," Cabrera told Miller. "He hasn't worn a mask every time, he's been holding these rallies without social distancing, without most of the people in the crowd wearing masks."

    "Even as he goes out there, he's not taking the simple precautions that could save lives," Cabrera added at another point, cutting Miller off after he attempted to defend the president's behavior. "Jason, let's be clear: the president is in the hospital right now because he contracted the virus. And he has put himself at risk by conducting the business the way he has."

    Miller attempted to deflect criticism to former Vice President Joe Biden (D) during the interview, accusing Biden of supporting regulations aimed at stopping the virus that Miller said were too restrictive.

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    Trump Didn't Disclose First Positive Covid-19 Test While Awaiting a Second Test on Thursday

    President Trump didn’t disclose a positive result from a rapid test for Covid-19 on Thursday while awaiting the findings from a more thorough coronavirus screening, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Mr. Trump received a positive result on Thursday evening before making an appearance on Fox News in which he didn’t reveal those results. Instead, he confirmed earlier reports that one of his top aides had tested positive for coronavirus and mentioned the second test he had taken that night for which he was awaiting results.

    “I’ll get my test back either tonight or tomorrow morning,” Mr. Trump said during the interview. At 1 a.m. on Friday, the president tweeted that he indeed had tested positive.

    Under White House protocols, the more reliable test that screens a specimen from deeper in the nasal passage is administered only after a rapid test shows a positive reading. Based on people familiar with the matter, the president’s tests followed that protocol.

    As the virus spread among the people closest to him, Mr. Trump also asked one adviser not to disclose results of their own positive test. “Don’t tell anyone,” Mr. Trump said, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

    Mr. Trump and his top advisers also aimed to keep such a close hold on the early positive results that his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, didn’t know that Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest White House aides, had tested positive on Thursday morning until news reports later that evening, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Trump campaign said Friday evening that Mr. Stepien had tested positive.

    The initial secrecy within Mr. Trump’s inner circle has created a sense of anxiety within the West Wing. Publicly, the White House has issued evolving and contradictory statements about the president’s health that has some officials worried about their own credibility.

    “I’m glued to Twitter and TV because I have no official communication from anyone in the West Wing,” an administration official said.

    The White House didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

    The lack of clear communication about who was getting the virus has extended to reports on the president’s status as he undergoes treatment.

    At a press briefing Saturday, the president, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday, watched as the White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters that his symptoms were improving. Minutes later, Mr. Trump grew alarmed when another person familiar with the situation warned reporters that Mr. Trump’s recent condition had been concerning. An angry president quickly dialed an adviser from his hospital room.

    “Who the f— said that?” Mr. Trump demanded, according to a person familiar with the call. The Associated Press later identified the person as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

    The president’s doctors said Sunday that his condition was improving and that he could be discharged from the hospital as soon as Monday, but also said he was taking a steroid typically recommended for serious cases.

    That fast-moving revelations began Thursday evening when Mr. Trump confirmed on Fox News that one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had tested positive that day, and said: “I just heard about this.” CBS News first reported that by that point, Mr. Trump had received his own positive result on a rapid test.

    But Ms. Hicks had learned about her own positive test result that morning, and the information was kept to a tight circle of advisers, according to people familiar with the matter. Ms. Hicks’s positive test results were first reported by Bloomberg News later that evening. The White House offered no official statement on Ms. Hope’s positive test.

    Mr. Stepien and the rest of the Trump campaign first learned of Ms. Hicks’ positive test from Bloomberg News, and weren’t consulted on whether to proceed with a Thursday trip to New Jersey, a campaign official said.

    The White House has said the operations team deemed the trip safe. The president had tested negative on a rapid test that morning, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Meadows has said the White House learned of Ms. Hicks’ results right as Marine One was leaving for New Jersey, and said the administration pulled some advisers off the trip. The president left the White House just after 1 p.m. that day.

    The decision not to cancel the New Jersey trip drew swift criticism from health experts. Lisa M. Lee, a public-health expert specializing in infectious-disease epidemiology and public-health ethics at Virginia Tech University, said “holding the [Bedminster] event in spite of knowing that one of the team was infected and had exposed others was a recipe for spreading disease.”

    White House officials said their medical team is conducting contact tracing for staff that have tested positive, but uncertainty has also been infused into that process, people familiar with the matter said. Contact tracing is a crucial step, public health experts have said, to stem the spread of infectious disease.

    That process is gaining importance since Mr. Trump and his senior advisers spent most of last week following their normal schedule rarely using other tools—safe distance and masks—to keep the virus at bay. In some instances, protocols were followed. At the New Jersey events, attendees had to test negative, complete a wellness questionnaire and pass a temperature screening. Guests were kept 6 feet from the president.

    Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor, said on Friday that he learned about the initial positive tests at the White House on Thursday through news reports. No one had contacted him even though he had spent much of the past week with Mr. Trump.

    Mr. Christie tested positive for the virus on Saturday, he said on Twitter, and a few hours later checked himself into Morristown Medical Center.

    Mr. Christie was part of a debate preparation team that met with Mr. Trump the morning of Sept. 26, which included Ms. Hicks, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Mr. Stepien. All four have since tested positive. The White House typically administers a rapid test to anyone who will be close to the president.

    Others who participated in the debate practices have reported negative Covid-19 tests, including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Jason Miller, a senior campaign adviser. Mr. Giuliani said he learned of Ms. Hicks’ positive test from news reports, though he received a call from Mr. Meadows when the president tested positive.

    Mr. Christie and Ms. Conway were among hundreds of guests later that afternoon at a White House event where Mr. Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his latest Supreme Court nominee. Few of the guests wore masks as they were seated shoulder-to-shoulder in the Rose Garden or congregated inside the White House, where an ad hoc reception line emerged at one point as guests waited to meet Judge Barrett or take pictures together. Several other guests have since tested positive.

    Minnesota state Rep. Kurt Daudt said Saturday he was awaiting a Covid-19 test after greeting Mr. Trump at the Minneapolis airport on Wednesday. Mr. Daudt and other greeters had been tested before meeting the president, and were instructed not to shake hands with him or get close to him, but when the president came down the stairs from the plane, he offered to take photos.

    “You’ve been tested, right?” Mr. Trump said, according to Mr. Daudt.

    Several of the greeters posed for photos with the president, with some standing less than a foot away from him, according to photos from the event. None wore a mask. Mr. Trump then attended a fundraiser at the home of Mike Davis, owners of a quartz countertop company, according to his campaign schedule.

    Ms. Hicks had fallen ill by the time Air Force One departed Minneapolis for a campaign rally in Duluth, a person familiar with the matter said. She isolated herself from other aides for the short flight and again on the return flight home to Washington that night.

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a news conference with reporters Thursday morning, unaware that her colleague had tested positive earlier that day, a personal familiar with the matter said. She had traveled with Ms. Hicks on Wednesday and Tuesday.

    After she finished the briefing, and around 45 minutes before the president left for New Jersey, she was told she was no longer included in White House entourage flying with the president that afternoon to a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, but not given a reason why, according to the same person. She didn’t learn until later that afternoon that Ms. Hicks had tested positive, the person said.

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    Walter Reed attending physician slams Trump motorcade photo op: "The irresponsibility is astounding"

    An attending physician at Walter Reed harshly criticized Trump's Sunday drive-by as a risk to the lives of Secret Service agents who accompanied him in his SUV.

    "Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity," Dr. James Phillips tweeted.

    "That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play," Phillips tweeted.

    Despite the risk posed to others in the hospital, the driver and security, White House spokesman Judd Deere said that "the movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do" and that "appropriate precautions" were taken, "including PPE."

    Photos of Trump's unannounced ride posted by Getty Images show a Secret Service agent in the front row wearing a full medical gown, respirator mask and a clear face shield.
    The White House Management Office sent its first staff-wide email Sunday night since Trump tested positive for coronavirus early Friday morning. Until then, staffers had gotten no word about whether to come into work or to remain home given that several of their colleagues tested positive. Stunningly, the email, which was viewed by CNN, states they should not contact the White House testing office if they have symptoms.

    Trump's diagnosis also doesn't seem to have changed his campaign's understanding of the risks their events have posed to their supporters. Jason Miller, a senior campaign adviser to Trump, told CNN's Ana Cabrera Sunday on "Newsroom" that the campaign will continue to take temperatures and give out hand sanitizer and masks as supporters enter rallies, but he did not detail any other changes like requiring attendees to wear those masks.

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    Update now another member of Congress has been tested positive for COVID-19 Paul Schemel (R-Pennsylvania) has been tested positive. This outbreak is going to get crazier until further notice.

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — State Representative Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) announced Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

    He released a statement following the positive test.

    “After experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 yesterday, I took a COVID-19 test today and was informed of a positive result this morning. Though I was in the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, I was experiencing no symptoms. I was not in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 30, when I began experiencing symptoms. Upon experiencing symptoms on Wednesday, I began to self-quarantine. As soon as I received a positive test result on Thursday, I informed the appropriate House offices. I am following the advice of medical professionals and the protocols of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to ensure the safety of my family, staff, and fellow members.”

    Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) posted on Facebook that all members of the House must now get tested due to being in the same building as Schemel on Wednesday.

    BREAKING: A Republican Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has tested positive for COVID-19 and now every single Member who’s been here in Session while Republicans have tried to steal the elections has to be tested! More than half of the Republicans on the Floor have refused to wear masks and now the entire House of Representatives has been exposed!

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    President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

    "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" the president said in a tweet at about 1 a.m. Friday.

    Trump and a mostly unmasked crowd of thousands gathered at Harrisburg International Airport Saturday evening against the request of Gov. Tom Wolf to honor outdoor gathering limits of 250 people.

    “It is gravely concerning that the president would insist on holding this event with blatant disregard for social distancing and masking requirements," Wolf said in a statement Friday. "His decision to bring thousands of people together in a tight space in the midst of a global pandemic caused by an airborne virus is flat-out wrong."

    Several Republican leaders were among Trump's crowd at the Harrisburg airport Saturday, including Congressmen Scott Perry, Dan Meuser, Lloyd Smucker, Fred Keller, John Joyce and Mike Kelly; congressional candidate Jim Bognet; former Congressman Lou Barletta, state GOP chairman Lawrence Tabas and Trump's Pennsylvania campaign chair Bernie Comfort.

    It was not immediately clear early Friday morning if they will also quarantine after potential risk of exposure.

    Trump's diagnosis comes 32 days before a contentious presidential election in which Pennsylvania is a key battleground and just hours after the president said Thursday the "end of the pandemic is in sight."
    His illness is the biggest health threat to a sitting president in decades, and it wasn't immediately clear early Friday morning how many people around him may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

    Trump during his speech Saturday night said he had about 17,000 people in his southcentral Pennsylvania crowd and said his crowd in Newport News, Virginia, the day before had reached 35,000.

    The president is known to exaggerate his crowd size at rallies far beyond capacity at the venues where they've been held. For example, he has said he's had crowds of more than 20,000 at Giant Center in Hershey, where the capacity is 10,500.

    The campaign said 2,000 chairs were placed at the Harrisburg International Airport hangar where the rally was held Saturday evening, and it appeared as though thousands more were there to support the president, including multiple elected officials.

    Whatever the final tally was, it was much larger than the state's limit of 250 outdoors, which on Sept. 14 was ruled unconstitutional by a Trump-appointed federal judge and upheld Wednesday by a federal appeals judge.

    Wolf on Friday said in a statement that a Trump rally in Latrobe on Sept. 3 violated the commonwealth's public health guidelines "by disregarding gathering limits, mask orders and social distancing guidelines."

    "My administration did not make an exception for that rally, and is still awaiting a response to a letter sent to the Trump campaign on September 10, 2020, asking them to abide by the commonwealth’s COVID-19 mitigation measures in order to keep our residents safe," Wolf said in the statement.
    The governor noted that Trump on Sept. 22 "held a large rally in close quarters" in Pittsburgh.

    More:Trump touts Pennsylvania energy production for a receptive Pittsburgh crowd

    Trump's crowd Saturday night at the airport was even larger, where he said his administration would "crush the virus."

    The president has repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus, saying in the spring he wanted the country reopened by Easter on April 12, which is about the time positive COVID-19 cases were peaking in Pennsylvania and other states.

    He said the virus would go away on its own in the summer, but that's when southern and western states saw a significant spike in cases and Pennsylvania reported a surge in July.

    Trump for months did not advocate for masks or publicly wear one, but under public pressure reversed course in the summer. He frequently makes fun of Democratic challenger Joe Biden for wearing masks.

    “Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?” Trump said during his Latrobe visit on Sept. 3. “It gives him a feeling of security. If I were a psychiatrist, right, you know I’d say, 'This guy’s got some big issues.'"

    State and federal health officials, as well as an overwhelming majority of medical providers in Pennsylvania and across the country, have advocated for masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing to fight the spread of the virus.

    COVID-19 in the Capitol
    Trump's diagnosis comes hours after House Democrats yesterday blasted House Republicans for having two positive infections and continuing to not wear masks.

    Rep. Paul Schemel, a Republican from Franklin County, in a statement said he began to feel sick on Wednesday and received the positive test result Thursday.

    He was most recently in the Capitol on Tuesday and started to self-quarantine when he experienced symptoms Wednesday.

    As soon as I received a positive test result on Thursday, I informed the appropriate House offices," said Schemel, a Greencastle lawyer. "I am following the advice of medical professionals and the protocols of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to ensure the safety of my family, staff, and fellow members.”

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is postponing all voting for nearly three weeks after a lawmaker tested positive for COVID-19.

    Work before the Legislature, including election reform and financial relief for renters and landlords, will not advance until at least Oct. 19, when the House reconvenes about two weeks before Election Day.

    Schemel is working with human resources to do contact tracing in line with recommendations from the state Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "Those who may have been exposed are being contacted," said House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican from Lancaster County.

    A significant number of House Republicans have continued to forgo masks inside the Capitol, and some have ridiculed wearing masks as an overreaction or ineffective.

    During a gun-rights rally on the Capitol steps on Tuesday, several House GOP members were not wearing masks amid the crowd of a few hundred at the outdoor event. Others weren't wearing masks in the Capitol Rotunda and hallways.

    Rep. Russ Diamond, a Republican from Lebanon County who takes credit for starting the mask debate in Pennsylvania, said Schemel's test result would not change his own behavior or belief that masks do not help spread infection.

    More:In Pennsylvania, fight against wearing masks involves some key Republicans, and liberty

    "I've seen him wearing a mask," Diamond said. "So you know, it is what it is."

    Diamond has previously said a better solution than masks is for symptomatic people to quarantine, and asymptomatic people "don't really need to."

    The House chamber, meeting rooms and staff work areas are being professionally sanitized as they have been during the pandemic.

    “First and foremost we are concerned about people’s safety," House Minority Leader Frank Dermody said. "This is yet another reminder that the virus is not going away and all of us need to keep following the simple steps such as washing hands, watching our distance from others, wearing masks and staying alert."

    There were recently multiple COVID-19 cases in Senate offices and other parts of the Capitol.

    Dermody, a Democrat from Allegheny County, said news of another case at the Capitol was "very disheartening, especially when some inside the Capitol still resist taking proper precautions.”

    The House minority leader said he hopes Schemel recovers quickly and criticized Republicans for not taking the virus seriously.

    “Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending the virus isn’t real will only lead to increased sickness and more deaths while hurting our economy," Dermody said Thursday afternoon. "We see it from President Trump at the national level and it’s unfortunate that his reckless approach has seeped into the House Republican Caucus."

    This morning, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who has not appeared at recent rallies with the president in Pennsylvania, issued this statement on news of Trump's infection with COVID-19: "Sending along best wishes to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on a full and speedy recovery.”

    U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., said, "I wish the president and first lady well and pray they quickly recover. I trust the White House medical staff will work diligently to identify and contain any further spread within the highest levels of our government. Right now, let's remember that COVID-19 can affect anyone. It's up to all of us to wear masks, maintain a safe distance from others when in public, and promptly get tested if symptoms arise.”



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