DONALD Trump’s campaign is in a coronavirus meltdown after the killer bug hit his inner circle with three others testing positive.
The President confirmed yesterday that he and his wife Melania have Covid-19 but said their treatment is “going well”.
Members of Trump campaign team who attended Saturday’s Rose Garden event have tested positive for coronavirus. From right to left: Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Mike Lee, President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Melania Trump, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins[/caption]
Hours after he was transported to the hospital via presidential helicopter Marine One, Trump tweeted: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
Trump, 74, was dramatically airlifted to hospital following reports that he was “struggling to breathe” after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
And now it has emerged that other members of Trump’s election campaign team have also been struck down by the killer bug.
Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager Bill Stepien, his adviser Hope Hicks and spokesman Jason Miller have all tested positive for coronavirus.
This has prompted fears the White House or even Trump himself may have spread the virus further.
Several administration officials pointed to the Saturday Rose Garden announcement of Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as a possible cause of the spread.
Former White House counsellor Ms Conway, the president of the University of Notre Dame John Jenkins, and at least two Republican lawmakers who were also present at the event have tested positive.
Utah Senator Mike Lee and North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis also announced Friday they had tested positive and were isolating.
Trump was yesterday rushed to hospital in presidential helicopter Marine One and later tweeted: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. Love!!!”
Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
After it was reported Trump was “struggling to breathe,” White House doctor Sean P Conley said Trump was given a dose of Remdesivir.
Remdesivir – used for the treatment of Ebola, SARS, and hepatitis C – is an antiviral medication that is designed to interfere with the virus’s ability to copy its genetic material.
Conley said in an update late on Friday that Trump was “doing very well” and “is not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”
Trump’s diagnosis came during an already turbulent period in Washington and around the world, with the US gripped in a heated presidential election amid the human and economic toll of the virus.
The President’s immediate campaign events were all cancelled, and his next debate with Democrat Joe Biden, scheduled for October 15, is now in question.
Trump has been trying all year and as recently as Wednesday to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is past, and he has consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable.
He has mostly refused to abide by basic public health guidelines including those issued by his own administration such as wearing face coverings in public and practicing social distancing.
Until he tested positive, he continued to hold campaign rallies that drew thousands of often maskless supporters.
Trump is reported to be “very tired, very fatigued, and having some trouble breathing.”
A White House official insisted Trump is “fatigued,” but he’s not “deteriorating.”
The official told CNN the public shouldn’t be worried, and that Trump is taking this “very seriously.”
Adviser Hope Hicks has tested positive for the virus[/caption]
Bill Stepien has also tested positive for Covid-19[/caption]
University of Notre Dame President Rev John Jenkins has tested positive for coronavirus[/caption]
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis also announced Friday he had tested positive and was isolating[/caption]
Utah Senator Mike Lee has tested positive for Covid-19[/caption]