There is new information regarding President Donald Trump’s contraction of the novel coronavirus and its relationship to this week’s debate.
On Thursday night, the news that Trump and first lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19 came out. Less than 24 hours later, more information regarding the debate is revealing itself.
The debate commission implemented several new guidelines and precautions for the presidential debates. However, debate moderator Chris Wallace reports on Fox that there are issues with Trump’s late arrival.
Then, in a conversation with fellow on-air coworker Bill Hemmer, Wallace explains the context of the debate.
“The clinic had a rule, you wear the mask inside,” Hemmer said. “That was stated clearly. If you look at the statement today, I’ll read a key line: ‘Individuals traveling with both candidates, including the candidates themselves, had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns.’
“They weren’t tested by the clinic based on that statement, Chris, and to me, that sounds like an honor system.”
Wallace responded by explaining that the President and his people did not arrive until the afternoon of the debate.
“Well they couldn’t be tested by the clinic… The difference was that I arrived on Sunday and you arrived on Monday. They didn’t arrive until Tuesday afternoon. So for them to get tested, there wouldn’t have been enough time to have the test and then have the debate at 9:00 that night. They didn’t show up until 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 in the afternoon. Yeah, there was an honor system when it came to the people that came into the hall from the two campaigns.”
Trump Flying to Military Medical Center
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnary’s statement on the matter:
“President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.”
According to the release from the White House and Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, the President is taking an experimental mix of “polyclonol antibodies.” Additionally, Trump is also taking famotidine, melatonin, zinc, vitamin D and aspirin.
The President’s initial plan is to stay at home and recover, but the plan is obviously changing. Consequentially, he is now working out of Walter Reed.