The US Presidential election is just a mere three weeks away, and, according to the most recent polls, it’s not looking good for President Donald Trump. His democratic opposition, Joe Biden, who is now the shortest he has ever been in the US Election odds, reportedly holds a 10 points lead. Trump has often mocked his counterpart for wearing a mask, even claiming that ‘every time you see him (Biden), he’s got a mask.’
However, that remark came back to bite the President, as shortly after, he tested positive for COVID-19. Whilst the 74-year-old has already fully recovered from the virus, let’s take a look at the timeline of events between his positive test and now. Read on to find out more.
October 2nd – Trump tests positive
On October 2nd, two days after his first debate with Biden, it was revealed that President Trump, and first Lady Melania, had tested positive for coronavirus. It was reported that the president was experiencing mild symptoms. Trump’s aid Hope Hicks tested positive before his diagnosis.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Tonight, <a href=”https://twitter.com/FLOTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@FLOTUS</a> and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1311892190680014849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
October 3rd – Trump airlifted to military hospital
Just 24 hours after testing positive for the virus, Trump was taken to a military hospital, via helicopter. The president claimed that his trip to Walter Reed hospital was to ‘make sure that things work out’.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I’m going to Walter Reed hospital,” Trump said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out, the First Lady is doing very well, so thank you very much I appreciate it, I will never forget it.”
October 5th – Drive-by for supporters
Whilst still receiving treatment for the virus at Walter Reed Medical Center, Trump briefly left the hospital to wave at the crowds, which had gathered outside. The 74-year-old remained in a heavily armoured SUV, wearing a mask, and acknowledged the cheers from his supporters as he drove by. Unsurprisingly, Trump received a lot of criticism for the drive-by, and Dr James Phillips, the chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University branded it as ‘insanity’.
“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 theatre. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theatre. This is insanity,” Dr Phillips wrote on Twitter.
October 6th – Trump leaves hospital and returns to the White House
After just three nights in Walter Reed hospital, on the outskirts of Washington, Trump returned to the White House. Trump was transported back to the executive mansion via helicopter, and, whilst wearing a white surgical mask, acknowledged reporters before he removed the mask and posed for pictures as he made his way inside.
In another video for his Twitter account, Trump said: “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it.
“We’re going back, we’re going back to work. We’re going to be out front… Don’t let it dominate your lives. Get out there, be careful.”
October 8th – Trump pulls out of virtual debate
Less than an hour after organisers announced that the second presidential debate would take place virtually, Trump announced, in an interview, that he would not be taking part.
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” the president said.
“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate, that’s not what debating is all about.
“You sit behind a computer and do a debate? That’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want.”
October 10th – Trump invites 2,000 people to White House speech
On October 10th, the president made his first public speech since testing positive. A crowd of 2,000 people were invited to stand on the South Lawn as the president addressed them from the Blue Room balcony. Trump spoke to the crowd, many of which were unmasked and not socially distanced, for almost 20 minutes. In that time, Trump announced that he is ‘medication free’, and as well as speaking about law and order, revealed that, despite ‘taking heat’, would do the drive-by again.
October 12th – Trump returns to the campaign trail
On October 12th, Trump appeared at a campaign rally in Florida, his first time back on the campaign trails since testing positive just 10 days earlier. Around 7,000 people were in attendance, as Trump, once again, admitted his desire to get the treatment he took distributed to the country.
“We are going to take whatever the hell they gave me and we are going to distribute it to hospitals,” he said.
The President also claimed that he would ‘kiss’ everybody in the jam-packed crowd, since he is now ‘immune’ to the virus. Trump said: “They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful,” Trump told the crowd in Sanford. “I’ll walk into that audience, I’ll walk in there, kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women.”
So, what’s next for President Trump? Well, as well as serval more rallies, Trump is expected to take part in a presidential debate on October 21st, whilst the election itself will take place on November 3rd.