Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw a tantrum following a report that his former Chief of Staff revealed a new book that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of his first debate with then-candidate Joe Biden.
The report by The Guardian states that Trump “tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate against Joe Biden, the former president’s fourth and last chief of staff has revealed in a new book. Nonetheless, the stunning revelation of an unreported positive test follows a year of speculation about whether Trump, then 74 years old, had the potentially deadly virus when he faced Biden, 77, in Cleveland on 29 September – and what danger that might have presented.”
According to Meadows, Trump initially tested positive for the virus before taking another test, which came back negative. However, Meadows “instructed everyone in his immediate circle to treat him as if he was positive” because he didn’t “want to take any unnecessary risks,” he wrote in his book “The Chief’s Chief.”
He also wrote that Trump’s positive result on 26 September was “a shock” to a White House which had just staged a Rose Garden ceremony for the supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett – an occasion now widely considered to have been a Covid super-spreader event.
Meadows revelation comes as he prepares to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
After being criticized on cable news for his alleged recklessness, Trump lashed out at Meadows and denied the report in a statement posted on
Twitter by his communications director Margo Martin.
“The story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate,” Trump claimed.
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“The story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate.” pic.twitter.com/Casf4IjjgS
— Margo Martin (@margommartin) December 1, 2021