U.S. President Donald Trump boards the Marine One helicopter to fly to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19, from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President Donald Trump was flown to Walter Reed Hospital Friday afternoon as a precautionary measure 15 hours after revealing that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

Both were experiencing mild symptoms, and the White House’s physician pronounced them “well.” Trump did work throughout the day, and Dr. Sean Conley wrote a letter stating that he expected the president to carry out his duties “without disruption” while in quarantine. “The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch,” wrote Dr. Sean Conley in a letter, “and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.”

Trump’s administration scrambled to contact-trace the hundreds he came across when he could have infected them. Notable figures in the upcoming election tested negative, including Democatric presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and current Vice President Mike Pence, but it can take several days for symptoms or a positive test to surface.

Trump faced criticism for campaign fundraising even after learning that a senior aide, Hope Hicks, had tested positive, although now Trump’s campaign announced it would “punt” all previously scheduled events. Many world leaders wished Trump well, although the editor of a state-run China media outlet mocked the Trumps, writing that they “paid the price for (Trump’s) gamble to play down the COVID-19.” Biden said he was “praying” for the president and said on Twitter that Trump’s diagnosis was a “reminder” to wash hands, keep distanced and wear a mask. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to move”full steam ahead” on Amy Coney Barrett’s Oct. 12 hearing, even as Sen. Mike Lee, a key member of the Judiciary Committee, announced he tested positive. Some Republicans have suggested Biden should stop campaigning while Trump is sick, but Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said Republicans, led by Trump, mocked Biden’s campaign earlier when Biden presented a masked and socially distanced campaign. 

“He tempted the gods. He made fun of Biden,” Ryan said of Trump. “I don’t think anybody’s gloating about it. We’re praying for him and his wife, but he’s gotta take responsibility.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Liberals Ask: Why Should We Believe Trump Has the Virus? – New York Times – 10/2/2020
There was no evidence that Mr. Trump was lying. But overnight, hundreds of tweets were posted casting doubt on whether the president contracted the coronavirus.

Trump transferred to Walter Reed ‘out of an abundance of caution,’ after testing positive for coronavirus – Fox News – 10/2/2020
The president, upon arrival to Walter Reed, tweeted a pre-recorded video from the White House, thanking Americans for their “tremendous support.” “I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I am going to Walter Reed Hospital,” the president said. “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.” “The first lady is doing very well,” Trump said. “So thank you very much. I appreciate it. I will never forget it. Thank you.”

The U.K. has showed what happens when a world leader gets Covid-19 – NBC News – 10/2/2020
As news of President Donald Trump’s shock diagnosis with Covid-19 spread Friday, the experience of United Kingdom Prime Minster Boris Johnson, who tested positive six months ago, could offer a clue to what might come next.

Contact Tracing Trump: A Guide to Who in the President’s Circle Has (or Could Have) Covid-19 – Rolling Stone – 10/2/2020
President Trump’s positive Covid-19 test raises an unfathomable host of questions, the most pressing being who else may be infected among the countless people he’s come into contact with in the past few days.

Trump Taken to Hospital ‘Out of an Abundance of Caution,’ White House Says – National Review – 10/2/2020
“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” the White House said in a statement. “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. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”

Analysis: This is the moment when the White House’s lack of credibility becomes an immediate crisis – CNN – 10/2/2020
Here’s the problem: We have no way of actually knowing if Meadows is telling the truth. About Trump’s health, about what the White House knew, and when, about senior adviser Hope Hicks’ positive test on Thursday morning — about any of it.

‘Weakness Was the Greatest Sin of All’: How a Lifelong Need to Seem Strong Made Trump Vulnerable – Politico – 10/2/2020
The boy who lost his father to the last worst pandemic in turn taught his sons to be “killers.” The underlying message, though: “Being a killer was really code for being invulnerable,” as Mary Trump put it in her recent book.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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