ANOTHER person in contact with Trump gets Covid-19, getting CNN all excited again
The Trump valet, who serves in the US Navy, tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday after showing symptoms that morning, according to CNN, which reported the news on Thursday. The White House has confirmed the report, adding that both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence subsequently tested negative for the virus “and they remain in great health.”Also on rt.com Stigma or precaution? DoD memo lists Covid-19 as ‘permanently disqualifying’ for survivors seeking to join army
CNN claimed the president was “upset” to learn of his valet’s diagnosis, citing an anonymous source, who claimed the news was “hitting the fan” in the White House. Trump and Pence, as well as the senior staff who regularly interact with them, are being tested weekly with the 15-minute Abbott Labs test, others familiar with the procedure told the outlet.
The social media rumor mill immediately began speculating as to who Trump might have “exposed” – never mind the White House’s insistence he was negative for Covid-19.
Others openly salivated at the prospect Trump might become infected.
TRUMP PERSONAL VALET DRIVER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.....i dont wish this virus on anybody because its lethality, but man wouldnt that be something if he got it?— BillDjango (@BillDjango3) May 7, 2020
Reports Trump's personal valet has coronavirus. Cut to shot of Trump guzzling a Big Gulp of Hyrdoxychloroquine, injecting himself with Clorox, all while wearing three masks.— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) May 7, 2020
Trump has crossed paths with infected individuals before, each time sparking a frenzy of speculation from his media nemeses that he might contract the virus. In March, he shared a table with - and was photographed next to - the communications secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The Brazilian official tested positive just a few days after Bolsonaro's delegation visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago. The following day, Brazilian ambassador to the US Nestor Forster also tested positive for the virus. However, Trump escaped from his Brazilian encounter with negative test results, according to the White House.
A Pence staffer also tested positive for the virus in late March, though the vice president’s press secretary emphasized that neither Trump nor Pence had had “close contact” with that individual. At least one lawmaker - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) - has tested positive for the virus, though Paul claimed not to have any symptoms and has since announced he is fully recovered.
The US Department of Defense has banned all coronavirus survivors from joining the armed forces absent a special waiver, according to a document circulated earlier this week.
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