Did Donald Trump danger endangering numerous numbers of individuals by displaying up for an in-person presidential debate with Joe Biden days after testing optimistic for COVID-19 final September? That’s the extraordinary new declare from Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of employees.
The Guardian obtained a copy of Meadows’ upcoming guide, The Chief’s Chief, which claims Trump examined optimistic three days earlier than his first debate towards Biden on Sept. 29 final 12 months. Meadows recounts Trump taking off on a helicopter from the White Home garden on Sept. 26 to get to a Pennsylvania rally proper after attending the Supreme Courtroom affirmation occasion for Amy Coney Barrett—now identified to have been a super-spreader occasion.
Meadows recounts the White Home physician calling him as Marine One lifted off with Trump on board. “Cease the president from leaving,” Sean Conley purportedly advised Meadows. “He simply examined optimistic for COVID.”
Nonetheless, in response to Meadows, it was too late to cease Trump from leaving. Meadows admits there have been considerations concerning the president forward of him getting onto the chopper, writing that Trump was displaying delicate signs described by his former chief of employees as a “slight chilly.”
As soon as Trump bought off the helicopter and onto Air Drive One, Meadows recounts that he referred to as the president to inform him: “Mr President… I’ve bought some unhealthy information. You’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19.” He writes Trump’s reply “rhyme[d] with ‘Oh spit, you’ve gotta be trucking lidding me.’”
Shortly afterward, in response to guide’s account, Trump was re-tested with what Meadows claims was a extra correct system and returned a destructive end result. Meadows claims that Trump seen that end result as “full permission to press on as if nothing had occurred,” and he went forward with the rally in Middletown and, three days later, the primary Biden debate.
The host of that debate, Chris Wallace of Fox Information, stated Trump was not tested before the occasion as deliberate as a result of he had arrived late on the web site. Days later, on Oct. 2, Trump publicly introduced that he had COVID-19, and was rushed to a hospital later that very same day.
Meadows, clearly anticipating criticism for permitting the president to hold on along with his busy schedule exposing himself to numerous numbers of individuals regardless of the optimistic check, defends himself within the guide, writing: “I didn’t wish to take any pointless dangers… however I additionally didn’t wish to alarm the general public if there was nothing to fret about—which in response to the brand new, far more correct check, there was not.”
Regardless of allegedly figuring out that he had examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Sept. 26, Trump would go on to recommend that he caught the virus from Gold Star relations, who he complained stood too near him at a Sept. 27 occasion that honored households of fallen U.S. service members.
“They wish to hug me, and so they wish to kiss me. And so they do. And, frankly, I’m not telling them to again up. I’m not doing it,” Trump said to Fox Business in an interview final October after his restoration. “Give me room. I would like room. Give me 12 toes. Keep 12 toes away while you speak.”
Following the Sept. 27 occasion, The Daily Beast reported that the White Home quietly warned the veterans group about potential publicity. The general public was by no means knowledgeable about Trump’s preliminary optimistic check.