The US lives impacted by Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus and by the management of information that the White House is doing and that has caused confusion and contradictory versions about the president’s health status. The American media question the veracity of the information given and wonder how long did Trump know that it was positive and if he altered his agenda or went ahead as if nothing had happened.
The positive of Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, has been followed by a whole trail of contagions in the environment of the president. Many of those infected were on September 26 at the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden of the White House. It was an event attended by a hundred people, many of them without a mask, and without keeping a safety distance. The images of the ceremony speak for themselves: guests sitting next to each other and face-to-face gatherings with hugs included.
Amy Coney Barrett’s event at the Rose Garden may have been the coronavirus-infected event.
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So far there are at least eight people close to Trump who were at that event and who have tested positive: the senator Mike Lee –appears in videos giving hugs to other assistants-, the former advisor Kellyanne Conway, the senator Thom Tillis, the former governor Chris Christie, the president of the Catholic University of Notre Dame where Judge Barrett teaches, John Jenkins – Christie and Jenkins sat together that Saturday – and Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien.
All of them were given a rapid coronavirus test before entering the garden and tested negative. However, according to experts, the Abbott laboratory rapid tests used by the White House have a high false-negative rate compared to other diagnostic tests that take longer to provide the result.
From that September 26 until October 1 in which Trump announced his positive, the US president continued with his campaign agenda. An agenda in which the masks were conspicuous by their absence and that Minnesota took him to attend a fundraising event and to attend a rally with almost 3,000 people, and which included the first debate with his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.