President Trump and First Lady contract COVID-19; Trump moved to Walter Reed Hospital

President Trump speaking with supporters at an “An Address to Young Americans” event hosted by Students for Trump and Turning Point Action at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona.  Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

President Trump revealed that he and the First Lady had tested positive for Coronavirus late Thursday night, breaking the news through his Twitter account.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.

Trump likely contracted the virus from his senior counselor and political advisor Hope Hicks, though there is no way of knowing for certain at this time.  Hicks traveled with the president to and from the debate on Tuesday and was seen with several other white house advisors the next day.  None of them were wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

“I guess we shouldn’t be terribly surprised, given his travel schedule and the number of events he’s been doing,” Jason Lindsey, a Political Science Professor at SCSU, said. “I think we want to think that the U.S. President is shielded in a way that’s very different from everyday folks, but realistically the number of people he’s been meeting and talking to, he’s probably in the fairly high risk category in that sense.”

Lindsay commented that the severity of Trump’s COVID-19 case could have a positive or negative impact on the presidents reelection campaign.  Trump’s campaign has already postponed all of his planned in person events, and are in the process of either moving them to virtual events or temporarily suspending them.

“I think what he’ll say about his case might be of interest,” explained Lindsey. “If President Trump has a very mild asymptomatic case, then perhaps he’ll say this confirms a lot of his previous statements that he thinks that, in his opinion, there’s been a lot of overreaction to COVID-19. On the other hand, if we see a situation like with Prime Minister Johnson in Britain that became more serious and he had to spend time in hospital, then I don’t quite know what President Trump will say about that or how he’ll present that to the public.”

Other responses to the news reveled in how absurd it was given everything else that has happened this year.

“We live in some sort of a D-tier SNL sketch or something,” Carlos Camejo, SCSU’s College Democrats President, said.

President Trump was flown to Walter Reed Military Medical Center early Friday night after his condition worsened and he became fatigued and had trouble breathing, according to CNN white house correspondent Jim Acosta.

A number of media members, U.S. officials and Trump acquaintances have also tested positive for COVID-19, including U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, three White House press corps journalists, and a White House press staffer.

President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, only hours after the medical team treating him for COVID-19 cautioned that he’s “not out of the woods yet.”

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Brendan Janostin

Brendan Janostin is a Mass Communications major with with a focus on Journalism and a minor in Political Science.  Currently, he is the news editor of the University Chronicle.  He enjoys fighting games, Star Trek, political analysis, and watching bad movies with his friends.

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