White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed today that Donald Trump is now suffering “mild” coronavirus symptoms similar to that of a cold. It could be worse, but it’s not what you want to hear when it comes to a morbidly obese 74 year old coronavirus patient. It also raises questions about the timeline.
Donald Trump is believed to have caught coronavirus from Hope Hicks, with whom he traveled on Tuesday and Wednesday. The White House claims Hicks tested negative on Wednesday morning but then developed symptoms later on Wednesday and then tested positive. This wouldn’t be surprising; it’s commonplace for people with coronavirus to test negative until they develop symptoms, then test positive.
But most people don’t develop symptoms until several days after they’ve contracted the virus. If Hope Hicks got sick on Wednesday, she may have had the virus for days before that. And if Donald Trump got sick last night or this morning, then Hicks may have given him the virus several days ago.
The point is that Donald Trump has quite possibly been passing the virus all week, including at his campaign rallies, his closed-door fundraisers, his meetings with Republican leaders, and the debate (Joe Biden tested negative). It would explain why RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and GOP Senator Mike Lee have already tested positive. In any case, Trump appears to have exposed so many people to the virus, all while refusing to wear a mask, this could end up being a PR nightmare for him in addition to being a health problem.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report