Trump tested positive for COVID before discussing Biden

By Veronica Straqualorsi and Jim Acosta | CNN

President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first presidential debate with Joe Biden of 2020 — though he also tested negative in the same time frame, according to excerpts from a book coming from the former president’s president. Reported by the bouncer staff.

The previously unknown positive test was revealed in the memoirs of former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows “The Chief’s Chief,” a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian ahead of the book’s publication next week.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump said, “The story of my being diagnosed with COVID before or during the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate.”

CNN has reached out to Meadows and then-White House physician Dr. Sean Conley for comment.

The Guardian reported that Trump received the positive test on September 26, 2020, according to Meadows. On that day, Trump hosted a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden for Supreme Court nominee Connie Barrett, which medical experts later deemed a remarkable event. At least 12 people who attended the event tested positive.

Trump, who Meadows said looked “a little tired,” was on his way to a rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania, that night when Meadows got a call from Conley informing him that Trump had tested positive for Covid-19, according to the excerpt. Meadows wrote that Conley told him, “Stop the president from leaving. He tested positive for Covid.”

Meadows claimed in his book that the positive test was done using an old sample kit, the Guardian reported.

Meadows wrote that Trump was subsequently tested with a “Binax system” for an antigen test for Covid-19, and came back with a negative result. It is unclear whether the first test that returned a positive result was an antigen test or a polymerase chain reaction test.

According to FDA guidelines, when using the Binax test, “negative results do not exclude SARS-Covid-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decision.”

Meadows wrote that Trump took the negative test as “full permission to move forward as if nothing had happened”, but Meadows instructed those in Trump’s “immediate circle to treat him as if he were positive,” the Guardian reported.

“I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks, but I also didn’t want to alarm the public if there was nothing to worry about,” Meadows wrote, according to The Guardian.

A former senior White House official told CNN that word spread inside the West Wing ahead of the first presidential debate that confirmed Trump had COVID-19.

Between those dates, Trump appeared at a White House reception for the Gold Star families and held a press briefing indoors on September 27, 2020. He also visited his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, earlier that day, the pool reports.

The next day, Trump held an event on the South Lawn of the White House, where he met with workers from Lordstown Motors, and later appeared at the White House Rose Garden to praise a new coronavirus testing strategy.

On September 29, 2020, Trump traveled to Cleveland for his first presidential debate against Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Trump arrived too late to be tested before the debate, according to Fox News presenter Chris Wallace, who moderated the debate.

During the discussion, Trump and Biden adhered to social distancing protocols, but the candidates – both in their 70s – were inside a room with dozens of people, some of whom were not masked.

On September 30, Trump traveled to Minnesota for an outdoor rally in Duluth and a private fundraiser in Minneapolis.

Trump announced early Friday, October 2, 2020, that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19. He was taken to the hospital later that night.

According to the White House, Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on October 1, after just two days of discussion.

In a subsequent interview with NBC News, Trump did not say definitively whether he had been tested for Covid-19 on the day of his first debate against Biden, and said he did not remember the last time he tested negative for the coronavirus before he tested positive on October 1. .

During a news conference on October 3, 2020, while Trump was receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the COVID-19 virus, Conley did not disclose Trump’s last negative test for the virus, saying, “I’m not going to go through every test back, but he and all his staff are being tested regularly.” routine.”

In his book, Meadows wrote that although he knew that each candidate was required to test negative results within 72 hours of the time the debate began “…there was nothing to stop” [Trump] From getting out there,” the Guardian reported.

The former senior White House official added that after the then-president announced he had Covid, Meadows was refusing to tell his staff the exact timeline for when Trump tested positive for the virus at the time.

The official went on to say that the virus was simply not taken seriously by some top aides.

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