Trump coronavirus news live: Latest updates as president lambasted for ‘insane’ drive-by outside hospital

Trump coronavirus news live: Latest updates as president lambasted for ‘insane’ drive-by outside hospital


Trump coronavirus news live: Latest updates as president lambasted for ‘insane’ drive-by outside hospital

Trump coronavirus news live: Latest updates as president lambasted for ‘insane’ drive-by outside hospital

US president Donald Trump appeared in a motorcade on Sunday despite diagnosis

Among those attacking the US president – who claimed to to have “learned a lot about Covid” since his admission to hospital – was Dr James P Phillips, a physician at Walter Reed, who blamed him for endangering the lives of those who took part.

Meanwhile, the White House has released two new photos of Mr Trump, the second of which was merely a close-up of the first, raising further questions about the accuracy of briefings on the 74-year-old’s condition. 

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No one from Trump campaign reached out over Covid, says Biden adviser

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, senior adviser Symone Sanders was asked by Jake Tapper if anyone on the opposing side had “reached out to anyone on the Biden campaign about who may have been infected at the debate to ensure that everyone on your team takes the proper precautions”.

“No, we haven’t heard, to my knowledge, from the Trump campaign or the White House,” she answered.

“But the reality is that Vice President Biden was not exposed. According to CDC guidance, you – less than six feet away is dangerous. Vice President Biden was always more than six feet away from President Trump.”

She also said that, as things stand, her candidate is still planning to take part in the second presidential debate on 15 October. 

Andrew Naughtie has this report.

Joe Sommerlad5 October 2020 10:20

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Biden roars ahead in polls as election left in turmoil

In a new poll, conducted after the first presidential debate but before Trump’s Covid-19 announcement, the Democratic nominee extended his national lead by a two-to-one margin.

The candidate now leads the president by 14 points, 53 to 39 per cent, up from an eight-point pre-debate lead, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of registered voters.

Here’s Justin Vallejo on what that all means for this most surprising of Octobers.

Joe Sommerlad5 October 2020 09:59

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Trump’s hospitalisation impedes campaign just when it needs October boost, officials warn

“Anytime the conversation is about coronavirus, it’s not helpful for us,” a senior administration aide has told The  Washington Post.

Good luck with that buddy. 

This race is going to be little else for the next month, whether Trump recovers quickly or not.

Joe Sommerlad5 October 2020 09:44

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Trump adviser roasting for insisting president ‘followed all the protocols’

Jason Miller, one of the few of the president’s inner circle still in good health, appeared on CNN last night to attempt to defend this administration’s messaging on the coronavirus.

Anchor Ana Cabrera refused to accept Miller’s contention that Trump had taken it seriously all along, insisting, rightly, that the president had disparaged masks and social distancing for months on end at his rallies.

Miller also appeared on ABC’s This Week yesterday to accuse Biden of wearing a mask as “a prop”, provoking a disdainful dismissal from Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield.

Joe Sommerlad5 October 2020 09:38

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Questions raised over latest White House photo release

Trump’s staff have meanwhile released two new photos of the president “at work” in Walter Reed in a bid to encourage calm – but the second of these being merely a close-up of the first has only provoked further questions about the accuracy of the briefings being given on the 74-year-old’s condition. 

On Saturday, White House physician Dr Sean Conley gave a briefing in which he confused the timeline of when the president first tested positive and gave a far more upbeat assessment of his health than that given to pool reporters by Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Here’s Oliver O’Connell on the pressure faced by the Walter Reed medicos to come clean with the American public in the face of pressure from the Trump campaign not to shatter the myth of his “strongman” persona with an election to fight.

Joe Sommerlad5 October 2020 08:54

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Biden aide attacks Trump over ‘devastating’ supporter video

An adviser to Joe Biden has hit out at the president over his belated claim to understand coronavirus following his admission to hospital on Friday.

Antony Blinken, the Democratic presidential nominee’s adviser on foreign policy, said on Sunday that President Trump’s acknowledgement that he had “gone to school” on coronavirus by catching it, having spent months downplaying its seriousness, was not only ”devastating” but should have occurred “200k deaths ago, not when it affected you” – the figure an allusion to the number of US casualties so far.

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President claims to have ‘learned a lot about Covid’ in new video

Trump struck an optimistic tone in his latest address to his followers on social media last night, shot before the motorcade stunt.

“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about Covid,” he said. “I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the books’ school. 

“And I get it, and I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing, and I’m going to be letting you know about it.”

Here’s Matt Mathers’ report.

Joe Sommerlad5 October 2020 08:44

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Trump motorcade stunt labelled ‘irresponsible’ by Walter Reed physician

Donald Trump received widespread condemnation on Sunday following an “irresponsible” drive-by to wave to his supporters congregating outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is receiving treatment after contracting the coronavirus.

Unable to resist the draw of the limelight even when ill, the president had the Secret Service don PPE to drive him outside of the facility’s grounds so that he could express his thanks to those who had gathered outside to pray for him and wish him well (believers in the disturbing QAnon conspiracy theory among their number).

Among those attacking the US president over the motorcade stunt was Dr James P Phillips, a physician at Walter Reed, who blamed him for endangering the lives of those who took part.

Here’s Justin Vallejo’s report.

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