President Donald told guests at a fundraiser hosted at his Bedminster resort that “the end of the pan*emic is in sight” only hours before revealing that he had tested positive for the il-lness.
On Thursday night the president hosted the 75th Al Smith Dinner, a fundraiser for Catholic charities, at his New Jersey resort.
In a speech at the event, the president praised Catholic organizations for their role in comb-atting the di*ease, and, in line with his previous approach, so-ught to downplay its ongoing imp-act.”
The end of the pandemic is in sight, and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country,” remarked the president.
Trump attended the event despite White House officials learning earlier that aide and adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive for the il-lness, after being taken ill the previous evening. She had accompanied the president on Air Fo-rce One Tuesday as he traveled to and from his first presidential debate.
The result reportedly led several officials who had come into contact with her to cancel plans to accompany the president to Bedminster. Later Thursday evening Trump called into Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, where he said that he and First Lady Melania Trump were being tested for the virus.
“I just went out for a test. It’ll come back later, I guess,” the president remarked. “The first lady also, because we spend a lot of time with Hope.” And at 1 a.m. local time the president in a tweet announced he would be going into isolation.” Tonight, at FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” tweeted the president.
The series of events highlight how the disease has continued to spread, overcoming even the str!ngent screening measures of the White House, as Trump has so-ught to shift the focus away from the cr!sis as the presidential election approaches on November 3.
Two days before testing positive himself, during the first presidential debate on September 29, Trump had mo*ked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for sca-ling back campaign rallies and wearing a mask to contain the spread of the di*ease.”We’ve done a great job,” Trump said. “But I tell you, Joe, you could never have done the job we’ve done.You don’t have it in your bl*od.”
As loss from the il-lness have continued to mount, Trump has avoided wearing a mask at all but a handful of events and has continued to stage large ra-llies where only supporters in-camera sh*t wear masks and few observe social distancing measures.
In remarks to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in September, the president said he was not concerned about catching the v!rus at a rally because he was on a stage far removed from his supporters.”I’m on a stage and it’s very far away,” Trump told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “So I’m not at all concerned.”
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