President Donald Trump returns to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2020.
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Kayleigh McEnany writes that she was told Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 while he was on live TV.
The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Trump was informed of his positive rapid test before he went on TV.
Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he and the first lady were awaiting their test results.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany writes in her new memoir that she found out former President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 while Trump was being interviewed live on Fox News on October 1, 2020.
McEnany was informed on the phone by an aide to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, that Trump’s rapid test had come back positive and was waiting for results from a PCR test to make sure he hadn’t received a false positive. McEnany says she asked the aide whether Trump was aware of his positive test result, but that the aide didn’t know.
“Was I learning this information before President Trump?” she says she wondered to herself, adding that she was in “total and complete disbelief.”
Trump already knew that he’d received a positive rapid test before he went on Fox News, The Wall Street Journal reported on October 4, 2020. The president confirmed during his interview with Sean Hannity that evening that his close aide, Hope Hicks, had been infected with the virus and that he was waiting for his own test results. Trump didn’t say whether he was awaiting the results of the rapid or PCR test.
“I just went out for a test. They just did it. It’ll come back later, I guess. And the first lady also, because we spend a lot of time with Hope, and others,” he told Hannity, saying at another point, “Whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know … We’ll see what happens. Who knows?”
A few hours later, Trump announced via tweet that he and then-First Lady Melania Trump were both infected with the virus.
But Meadows, Trump’s fourth and last chief of staff, writes in his forthcoming memoir that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on September 26, three days before his first presidential debate against Joe Biden, which was held indoors, The Guardian reported on Wednesday. Meadows says that Trump subsequently …read more
Source:: Business Insider