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Trump Covered Up Positive Covid Test Days Before Biden Debate: Book

“Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there,” wrote former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows Says Trump Tested Positive for Covid Days Before Biden DebateMark Meadows Says Trump Tested Positive for Covid Days Before Biden Debate

Then-President Trump winks at Joe Biden at the end of the first presidential debate, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Former President Trump tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept. 26, three days before he debated President Biden and six days before the White House publicly announced he had the virus, former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows wrote in his new book. The White House announced Trump tested positive for Covid on Oct. 2 and he was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center.

“Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there,” Meadows wrote. The Guardian obtained a copy of the former chief of staff’s book The Chief’s Chief ahead of its release slated for next week. Meadows noted that Trump seemed “a little tired” and may have had a “slight cold” before receiving the news of the positive test on Marine One. Trump took another test that came back negative, which allowed him to participate in the debate as both candidates were required “to test negative for the virus within seventy two hours of the start time.”

Meadows notes that even after the second test came back negative, he “instructed everyone in his immediate circle to treat [Trump] as if he was positive” because he “didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks.”

Trump was not so cautious. “Hours after he received the call from Meadows informing him of a positive test, Trump came to the back of AF1 without a mask and talked with reporters for about 10 minutes,” New York Times White House correspondent Michael D. Shear tweeted on Wednesday. “I was wearing a mask, but still got COVID, testing positive several days later.”

Meadows wrote that Trump treated the subsequent negative test as “full permission to press on as if nothing had happened.”

Trump responded to the news in a statement released on Wednesday. “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,” he wrote.

It’s a stunning revelation that Trump, 74 at the time, knowingly risked exposing Biden, 77, and untold others to the virus. The positive test came hours after Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, an event that is now believed to have been a super-spreader event. At least 12 attendees tested positive for Covid within days.

The timeline of Trump’s positive test revealed another lie told by the former president. After Trump announced his Covid diagnosis, he speculated that perhaps Gold Star military families — those whose relative died while serving — had given him the virus. But that event happened the day after his first positive test.

In a Fox Business interview, Trump said of the event with military families, “I went through like 35 people.” He said they were were “telling the story of their son who just died or daughter or husband, who just died in a war or recently died … They come within an inch of my face sometimes. They want to hug me and they want to kiss me. And they do. And frankly, I’m not telling them to back up. I’m not doing it. But I did say it’s obviously dangerous. It’s a dangerous thing, if you go by the Covid thing.”

It appears that Trump was the danger.

In This Article: covid-19, Donald Trump, Mark Meadows

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