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- Former President Trump came in contact with 500 people after he tested positive for COVID-19 last year, according to a recently published Washington Post analysis.
- Trump came into contact with 500 people during the seven days after he tested positive for the virus and before he was hospitalized due to COVID-19.
- The analysis claims that Trump and his former chief of staff Mark Meadows took a “reckless” and “potentially dangerous” approach to dealing with the virus.
Former President Trump came into contact with 500 people after he tested positive for COVID-19 last year, according to a new analysis from the Washington Post.
After months of downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, last October, Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus and that the pair would quarantine, according to NPR. In a memo dated Oct. 1, White House physician Sean Conley confirmed that the president and first lady had in fact tested positive for the virus.
“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” the memo states. “Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”
A day later, Trump was flown to Walter Reed National Medical Center and began receiving an antiviral treatment for the virus, according to CNN.
But former Chief of Staff Mark Meadow’s new memoir “The Chief’s Chief” reveals that Trump actually tested positive for the virus shortly before his presidential debate with Joseph Biden on Sept. 29, the Guardian first reported.
And according to The Washington Post’s reporting on the virus’ inflammatory response in the body and of the president’s activity, Trump most likely learned that he had tested positive for the virus while on his way to a rally in Middleton, Pa., seven days before he was hospitalized at Walter Reed.
In addition, the Post’s reporting found that Trump and Meadows not only lied about the president’s positive COVID-19 status to the public but also to his inner circle.
Trump tried to squash Meadow’s claim that he tested positive for the virus prior to the debate with Biden and called the book “fake news.”
“The story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate,” Trump said in a statement.
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