Trump news live: Latest updates as president diagnosed with coronavirus

Trump news live: Latest updates as president diagnosed with coronavirus


Trump news live: Latest updates as president diagnosed with coronavirus

Trump news live: Latest updates as president diagnosed with coronavirus

Donald Trump is in the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre with coronavirus

Donald Trump has been flown to hospital hours after testing positive for coronavirus, where the White House press secretary said he will remain “for the next few days”.

The US president, previously said by a clinician to be “fatigued but in good spirits”,  has been given remdesivir, following treatment and Regeneron antibody treatment in the  White House which doctors say is already being used in the UK, eventually tweeting on Friday night: “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”

More than a dozen of Mr Trump’ allies were also found to have contracted Covid-19 including Kelllyanne Conway and Ronna McDaniel, as the president’s son described him as a “true warrior”.

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When did we know Trump had been exposed?

That question is important to answering whether the president continued his campaign events and other activities despite knowing he might be infecting others, and to knowing whether the White House was adequately transparent about Trump’s illness.

White House officials say they learned of Hicks’ positive test results for the coronavirus Thursday, after Trump boarded the Marine One helicopter for a private fundraiser in New Jersey. But Trump went ahead with the trip and the fundraiser. He told Fox News that evening he was being tested.

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, he tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive.

Andy Gregory3 October 2020 10:07

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Who infected Donald Trump?

In short – we don’t know, although there’s no shortage of possible suspects. 

Mr Trump, who typically shuns masks, was around hundreds if not thousands of people this week, traveling to a campaign rally, his golf club, the presidential debate, fundraisers and meetings with people involved in his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

One of Trump’s closest advisers, White House counsellor Hope Hicks, fell ill with the coronavirus Wednesday while accompanying Trump to a fundraiser in Minnesota, officials say. It’s not clear if her case is related to the president’s. And Utah senator Mike Lee, who was at the White House last weekend, announced on Friday he had tested positive.

The White House Medical Unit is slated to trace the president’s contacts.

Andy Gregory3 October 2020 09:55

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Josh Marcus has more on history of the Walter Reed Medical Centre, where Donald Trump has been admitted.

Walter Reed, which has since changed locations, first opened its doors in 1909 as an Army hospital, named for an Army doctor and scientist who helped show mosquitoes carry yellow fever. Since then, it has treated hundreds of thousands of America’s soldiers, as well as various presidents and other elected officials.  

Walter Reed is where President Calvin Coolidge’s teen soon was treated for an eventually fatal infection. Richard Nixon, who was then President Eisenhower’s Vice President, was treated for a staph infection at Walter Reed in 1960. 

He hadn’t fully recovered by the time of his famous first televised debate with John F. Kennedy, where many remarked he looked in ill health compared to the vibrant young Senator. Later, in 1968, Eisenhower himself entered Walter Reed, where he was treated for coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure, and eventually died there in 1969.

Andy Gregory3 October 2020 09:52

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Here’s a comprehensive list of those around the president who have so far caught the virus.

Andy Gregory3 October 2020 09:17

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While he may be in military hospital with coronavirus, the president likely ended his evening last night in much the same circumstances as the previous year, reaching to tweet:

Andy Gregory3 October 2020 09:05


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