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‘I Think He’s Faking It’: People Are Not Buying Trump’s Claim That He And Melania Have Covid



President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. The News of the infection of the most powerful man in the world with the most notorious disease in the world drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee, and skepticism.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted just before 1 a.m. on Friday, hours after news broke that White House adviser and top aide to the president Hope Hicks tested positive for the disease.

The development underscores major challenges facing the country as it seeks to contain the pandemic while raising new uncertainty surrounding the country’s leadership weeks before the election.

The announcement comes as the president is rapidly sinking in the polls after a disastrous first presidential debate

It also comes hours after the release of secret recordings showing Melania Trump dismissing the suffering of migrant children separated from their parents at the border and ranting about Christmas, saying “who gives a fuck about Christmas stuff and decoration? But I have to do it.”

Trump’s tweet was met with a wide range of reactions, but most people expressed skepticism over the time of the announcement with some claiming that the president is trying to change the narrative and dodge the next debate.