On Wednesday morning The Guardian reported that a new book by former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reveals that Trump did in fact test positive for Covid-19, but then tested negative.
Trump said via statement, “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.” The former president is clearly making reference to the negative test but, as is always the case, there is more to the story.
Trump failed to get tested for the potentially deadly contagion prior to the debate, however, per debate rules agreed to by both sides. Just a few days following the debate, Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed for complications from being infected by Covid-19.
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Trump Insists He Did NOT Have Covid-19 During Biden Debate Despite Hospitalization Three Days Later https://t.co/yV856Xf1Wf
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 1, 2021
Here you have it: Trump tested positive for COVID on the 26th then held this event with Gold Star families on the 27th with NO MASKS. He later blamed them for giving it to him and he already knew he was positive standing there with kids and elderly family members of the fallen. pic.twitter.com/uLKYACsJpQ
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) December 1, 2021
Hours after he received the call from Meadows informing him of a positive test, Trump came to the back of AF1 without a mask and talked with reporters for about 10 minutes. I was wearing a mask, but still got COVID, testing positive several days later. https://t.co/NJLINb6cLN
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) December 1, 2021
It’s not just that he wanted to debate even after testing positive, it’s that he was more than willing to risk Joe Biden’s life by infecting him.https://t.co/92FJzHptwC
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) December 1, 2021