President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is experiencing "mild symptoms" of COVID-19 after revealing Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining. The White House physician said the president is expected to continue carrying out his duties "without disruption" while recovering. A White House official said Friday morning that the president was experiencing mild symptoms but was working from the White House residence.

Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report.

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sidearm

You are a smart guy Rasmus. You know the hoax comment was not saying the virus itself was a hoax. The hoax He mentioned was the way the Dems criticized the White House’s response to the virus, like the Russian hoax and the impeachment hoax. Most of the free press has debunked the hoax criticism. Try to be a little less obvious with your bias. But at least you not as obvious as the recent debate moderators. Those people have no shame.

Joe King

Perhaps you should reinforce your argument instead of attacking people and calling fake news and fake media.. That right wing conspiracy non sense is getting old and hopefully will end come November. Facts matter.  the administration has failed the people. A total failure

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Joe King

Trump STILL doesn't take the virus seriously as he goes out for a joyride to "save his image" and endangers the driver and secret service that have to ride with him. He only cares about himself and his image. Vote this sociopath out! Save America.

fire111

Pssst Joe! The Suburban that transports the President is protected the same as the "Beast". It also has the front seat sectioned off from the rear seat. The President was wearing a mask and riding by himself in the rear seat. The 2 Secret Service men in the front seat had masks and gowns on and appeared to have some sort of face shield or protective eye wear. And this also Joe.....Secret Service agents take an oath to lay their lives down for their protective subjects. And Mogul is in the rear seat. They will take a bullet! I doubt a virus that almost 100% of people that contact it, would worry such brave patriots!

Joe King

An unfinished compendium of Trump’s overwhelming dishonesty during a national emergency

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/10/trumps-lies-about-coronavirus/608647/?utm_source=atl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share

fire111

I know Joe, you have trouble discerning truth! BBC News calls Trump saying the virus was a hoax is untrue. He said the DemonRats complaints about his handling was "their" new hoax! AP Fact Check the same! Probably your favorite fact checker...Snopes says...that at a 3/28/20 rally in South Carolina, Trump likened the Democrats criticism of his administration's response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their effort to impeach him, saying this is their new hoax as TRUE! Snopes also said it is false Trump called the coronavirus in itself a hoax! Now FactCheck.org. Trump did use the word hoax, but his full comments, and subsequent explanation, make clear he was talking about Democratic attacks on his administrations handling of the outbreak, not the virus itself. So these examples are mostly left leaning. Not real friends of the Prez! Have fun Joe! Don't let TDS be your coronavirus!

sidearm

Thank you Fire for the facts. It appears our moderator is in the same liberal mindset as the debate moderators as both allowed the same lie to told by both Biden and Harris. Any comment Rasmus? Why do you allow this? Oh, I get it you like your job.

RasmusSJorgensen Staff
RasmusSJorgensen

Here is what the president said:

"Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes.

One of my people came up to me and said, Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax."

Make of it what you want. I am not saying that Joe King is correct. But honestly, it is not the clearest sentences ever spoken, so I find myself not being comfortable deciding exactly what he meant and what he didn't. However, the Biden campaign spliced together two parts of that quote to make it "The coronavirus, this is their new hoax." That, obviously, is not how the president said it, and if somebody used that quote here, I would not allow it. How I moderate has nothing to do with political ideology.

Joe King

Words have meaning. Words matter. Complete sentences and facts do. Something that have grasp this president. When you tell a domestic hate group to "stand down and stand by" instead of denouncing white supremacy....what do you think is going to happen? More "good people" on that side too? Now we have a fringe group trying to kidnap and kill the gov. of Michigan... When you stoke your base instead of condone it, it fuels the fire. Words have meaning...just like he said "it is, what it is" when asked about 180,000 dead Americans....not we are over 211,000 dead Americans... It is, what it is....34 people as of today, tested positive in the White House....Around the world:

Vietnam- 5

Taiwan- 9

Yemen - 10

New Zealand- 25

White House - 34

This Administration has failed the people. Vote him and his cronies out. Make America Sane again.

Joe King

Trump never took the virus seriously. From the time he was told in January he could have been stocking up on supplies and sending them to cities to prepare for it, he sends PPE supplies to China and compliments how China has handled it. He and his cronies continued to lie to the American people calling it a hoax, that the flu was worse, that kids don’t get it, that it will magically disappear, to not wearing masks to not listening to scientists and health care professionals. His inaction and not taking this seriously where over 210,000 Americans have died are grounds for him to be fired and voted out of office. ..maybe he will be an example for others to take it seriously and listen to facts and health officials.

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sidearm

For the life of me I don’t understand how Rasmus allows you to spew the lie about the hoax. It has been debunked many times. Must be nice to have the fake news press in your pocket councilor.

Joe King

It’s allowed because he said it. Its true. It’s his own words. You say it’s fake news? Why? Mimicking the talking points from trump? Because it’s on audio and video of him calling it the new hoax. You can watch it yourself. 2/29/2020. But if you still don’t believe what you and the rest of the world saw and heard, then I think you have deeper problems. Here are some words and advice to remember that may help you.. ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ If you want to watch it again, trump calling the virus a hoax, here it is. https://youtu.be/G5TZ6fTYrsE

Joe King

"It is, what it is".... Donald Trump, 8/4/2020 about the deaths due to Covid19.

sidearm

Joe, there is no sense conversing with you, you have no ears and already know everything there is to know. Might as well be talking to a tree. However, your past has come back to haunt you and while I usually take no pleasure in other’s pain you have shown not an inkling of compassion to other peoples troubles. Live with it, it is what it is.

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Joe King

past has come back to haunt me? oh, please explain this....

Joe King

And now we see the dominoes starting to fall... Multiple people in trumps camp testing positive for covid from his super spreader rose garden event...where multiple people are shown not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing. Do as I say, not as I do or believe? Science and Karma have a funny way of showing up to covidiot events.... Were they that ignorant to believe they were inmune from covid because they were republicans? Rich? White? Let that be a lesson for them and their sheep that listen to their savior Trump.....Covid is not a hoax that he claimed. Covid will not magically disappear by Easter, like he claimed. Bleach and UV light will not cure you from covid, like he claimed... And yes, Trump has known has serious this is since January and he STILL didn't do anything and lied to the American people about it. Trump Lied and 210,000 Americans have died.

fire111

I wonder! Could Trump be prosecuted for saying he used hydroxy. Like say an attorney less license charging for services. Oh wait! Trump did not pretend to be a doctor. And didn't charge illegally! I got it now!

Joe King

didn't see that coming....not.....well, looks like Karma is showing her face again..... “A couple of weeks ago, I started taking" hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19. “Because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories."...guess that treatment didn't work....I wonder if he is going to move up to bleach and UV light? It is what it is?

sidearm

And you are what you are and that is unfortunate for the rest of us. Prayers for the Trumps and all others fighting this battle. He will beat this and then beat the socialist cabal that he is running against and must save the country from.

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