Here's Why It's Likely President Trump Has Been Exposed to Coronavirus
Public life comes with a public health risk. Here's how Trump may have been exposed to coronavirus.
President Donald Trump has not let concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic limit his public appearances, nor his interactions with staffers and fellow elected officials. No matter how you feel about his leadership during this public health scare—which has produced a range of reactions—the fact is there is an increased likelihood that the commander in chief has been exposed to coronavirus.
What evidence do we have? Well, there is documented and factual proof that he has had close interactions with at least four individuals known to have been exposed to coronavirus.
Trump recently hosted the Brazilian president, who has coronavirus.
This past weekend, Trump hosted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at his Palm Beach residence Mar-a-Lago. Just days after, Bolsonaro's Press Secretary Fabio Wajngarten, was diagnosed with coronavirus. The aide was photographed standing next Trump on Saturday of last week. And now, it was reported that Bolsonaro initially tested positive for COVID-19, but a follow-up test proved negative.
Trump recently spent time with officials and aides who are in self-quarantine.
Rep. Doug Collins is in self-quarantine after learning he had been exposed to coronavirus at the conservative political conference CPAC roughly 10 days ago. Collins was also seen shaking hands with the commander in chief outside of Air Force One.
Newly appointed Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and fellow Congressman Matt Gaetz have also been in self-quarantine after being in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Both individuals joined President Trump on Air Force One as he flew around the country for official business and political rallies recently.
And that CPAC convention in which Collins, Meadows, and Gaetz were all exposed? President Trump attended the same event.
Trump is still shaking hands with the public.
President Trump has thus far flouted the advice of his own administration's CDC and has not forgone shaking hands. As Vice President Mike Pence said during a recent press conference, the line of work they are in requires handshaking. But every time that the president has done so, he has also increased his odds of getting COVID-19. Public service comes with a public health risk. And this coronavirus pandemic raises those health risks exponentially.