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Trump Tests Positive For COVID-19, Hours After He Says End Of Pandemic “Round The Corner”

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Trump Tests Positive For COVID-19, Hours After He Says End Of Pandemic "Round The Corner"

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On October 1st, it all began with Hope Hicks, US President Donald Trump’s top aid tested positive for COVID-19.

Immediately, Trump who has repeatedly downplayed COVID-19 said he would self-quarantine.

Well, just hours later, Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump both have tested positive for COVID-19.

The diagnosis amounts to the most serious known health threat to a sitting American president in decades.

“At 74 years old and obese, Trump falls into the highest risk category for serious complications from the disease, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide,” CNN reported.

Later, the first lady wrote on Twitter that she and her husband were “feeling good.”

Trump was last seen in public on the afternoon of October 2nd, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey. He did not appear ill, though he did not speak to reporters as he walked into his residence.

In a memo issued to reporters after midnight, the President’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, wrote that he received confirmation of the positive tests.

“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,” Conley wrote.

“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions,” Conley wrote, without elaborating what assistance was being provided to the White House.

“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,” he wrote.

Trump, notably, said that the end of the pandemic was in sight just hours after testing positive.

“The end of the pandemic is in sight,” he said during prerecorded remarks at the annual Al Smith dinner, held virtually because of the health crisis.

After announcing the President’s diagnosis, the White House issued a new schedule to reflect several canceled events, including a fundraiser in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida.

The scrubbed plans were the most immediate effects of the President’s diagnosis on the presidential campaign, which has centered largely on the pandemic and the President’s response to it. Trump has frequently sought to paint a rosy picture of the current situation, including just hours before he announced his diagnosis.

Trump has also repeatedly insisted the country is “rounding the corner” on the disease and claimed the virus would “disappear,” though even health experts within his own administration said those claims did not reflect reality.

Rather ironic, one could say.

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