Donald Trump covid news latest – President blasted for 'INSANE' coronavirus photo op with Secret Service in sealed car

DONALD Trump has been critisized for his "insane" photo op with supporters while suffering from coronavirus.

The president, who is suffering from covid, made a brief visit to see supporters gathered outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland yesterday inside his presidential car.

The trip has been roundly critisized for putting Secret Service staff inside the vehicle at serious risk of catching the deadly disease for the sake of a photo opportunity.

Dr James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University and attending physician at Walter Reed, said: "That presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets.

"Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater… this is insanity."

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  • Samantha Lock

    MAGA CONVOY SHUTS DOWN FIFTH AVE

    A flag-waving MAGA convoy shut down Fifth Avenue in New York outside of Trump Tower in a show of support for the Covid-stricken president.

    Almost 100 cars were parked from 56th to 59th Street and stopped traffic along Fifth Avenue on Sunday, according to reports.

    Supporters were holding Trump 2020 signs and waving American flags outside of the residency.

    They also wore Make America Great Again hats and wore shirts with the president's face on. However, many were not wearing face masks.

    The fans, who came from Suffolk County, Long Island, also chanted and honked their car horns.

    The group were showing their support for Trump after he tested positive for coronavirus this week.

  • John Hall

    COUGH EDITED FROM TRUMP VID, CLAIMS ALLEGE

    The White House had been accused of editing out a cough from Donald Trump's video and staging photos after viewers spotted a “hiccup” and the president writing on “blank paper.”

    At roughly one minute five seconds into the clip, when the president is talking about “therapeutics,” Trump appeared to hiccup.

    Some speculated that a cough had been edited out, while others believed that he was stifling a tickle in his throat.

    IT developer Eva Poulsen said: “They are not very good at editing, are they? I would think that with their resources they would hire an actual professional to do the job… but then, no professional would want to be remotely linked to this mess show, would they?”

    Another said: “Good grief! Proof of life / doing well video and they botch it with the edit. WH is run by 8yr olds.”

    'Hey editorial friends, think someone didn't click progressive source and feature match on the fluid morph or is that just a hiccup like my dad used to do?” television and film editor Tom Costantino asked.

  • John Hall

    CONCERNS CLIMB

    Donald Trump's drive-by was “cleared” by a medical team, a White House spokesman said.

    The president said precautions including personal protective equipment had been taken.

    But Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, tweeted: “By taking a joy ride outside Walter Reed the president is placing his Secret Service detail at grave risk.

    “In the hospital when we go into close contact with a COVID patient we dress in full PPE: Gown, gloves, N95, eye protection, hat. This is the height of irresponsibility.

    “His doctors should have said no. They need to stand up for what is right. This is wrong.”

  • John Hall

    AT RISK?

    Donald Trump was today criticised for putting the health of his Secret Service agents at risk.

    The president, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, waved to crowds from inside a car.

    The outing was meant to be a show of strength but some aides claimed it was an “unnecessary risk”.

    One expert pointed out that the president's car was not only bullet proof, but that it was also hermetically sealed against any possible chemical attack.

    Dr James P. Phillips wrote online: “The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”

  • John Hall

    MARY TRUMP CLAIMS PRESIDENT 'CANNOT ADMIT TO THE WEAKNESS OF BEING ILL'

    Mary Trump, the president's estranged niece, claimed to NPR that her uncle “cannot admit to the weakness of being ill.”

    She told NPR that Donald Trump and her grandfather, Fred, both saw being ill as “unacceptable” – which she dubbed “incredibly cruel,” but “true.”

    “That's why [the U.S. is] in the horrible place we're in, because he cannot admit to the weakness of being ill or of other people being ill,” she added to NPR of the president.

    Mary released her book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, detailing the Trump family, earlier this year.

  • John Hall

    TRUMP TRACING SCRAMBLE

    New Jersey Health Officials and the federal government are scrambling to contact more than 200 people who attended Trump's fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday – just hours before he revealed a positive coronavirus diagnosis.

    The state's health department said it received the names of “at least 206 people who attended the events” at Trump's golf course and the White House.

    “DOH has reached out to these individuals to make them aware of possible exposure and recommend that they self-monitor for symptoms and quarantine if they were in close contact with the President and his staff,” the health department tweeted.

    The DOH advised people who attended the events to “consider waiting at least 5-7 days from the event” before getting tested.

    “While the risk is low, a negative test earlier than that time cannot definitively rule out that COVID-19 will not develop,” the DOH said.

  • John Hall

    GOP SENATOR IN BATTLEGROUND PENNSYLVANIA TO RETIRE IN 2022

    Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania – a key battleground state – will retire in 2022, sources told The Hill.

    Toomey had been considering another term or running for Governor – but reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of his decision to leave, sources told Politico.

    The GOP senator has served in Congress since 2010.

    Toomey's departure will leave a fight between Democrats and Republicans to fill the vacant seat.

  • John Hall

    WH STAFF TOLD TO STAY HOME IF THEY SHOW COVID SIGNS – DAYS AFTER PREZ'S DIAGNOSIS

    Days after it was revealed President Trump tested positive for coronavirus, White House staff on Sunday were told to stay home if they show signs of the virus.

    Staff were told in an email to stay home if they have symptoms – and if they're at work, to go home, according to the email obtained by New York Magazine.

    “Staff should not go to the White House Medical Unit clinic for any Covid-19 testing inquiries,” the email said.

    It the advised staff to be in contact with supervisors, and the management office and to “ONLY return to work” when cleared by the White House Medical Unit.

  • John Hall

    RUDY GIULIANI REVEALS TRUMP SAID HE FEELS 'PERFECTLY FINE' DURING CALL

    Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani revealed to Fox News that the president told him he's feeling “perfectly fine” during a phone call on Saturday.

    The former NYC Mayor told Fox that Trump's voice was “sounding the same as I've known it for 30 years,” as the president was hospitalized at Walter Reed following his coronavirus diagnosis.

    “He’s probably the strongest and healthiest guy I know, anywhere near his age,” Giuliani added of the 74-year-old.

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