The New York Times spoke with sources inside the White House who see Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test as a “political disaster” that could cost him his re-election.
“It’s almost certain that the remaining two debates between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden will be canceled or drastically changed. The next one is scheduled for less than two weeks from now, on Oct. 15, and medical guidance would most likely keep the president isolated until then,” the report states. “And after having gone forward with the rallies he craves, despite rules against large gatherings in many states, Mr. Trump will not be able to leave Washington during a final, crucial stretch of the campaign.”
According to Republican campaign consultant Rob Stutzman, “It’s hard to imagine this doesn’t end his hopes of re-election.”
According to the report, one of the biggest concerns among people in the president’s circle is that he contracted the virus as he claimed that the country was getting back to normal.
“In the White House, advisers to the president acknowledged that the positive test would remind voters of how dismissive Mr. Trump had been about the virus, not only with his own neglect of safety but also in his overly rosy assessments about a pandemic that has killed more than 207,000 people in the United States,” the report adds. “Mr. Trump’s recklessness, one adviser admitted, amounted to a political ‘disaster.’”
Read the full report HERE.