Sunday, June 21, 2020


NBC News reports:
The president was fuming at his top political aides Saturday even before the rally began after his campaign revealed that six members of the advance team on the ground in Tulsa had tested positive for COVID-19, including Secret Service personnel, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Trump asked those around him why the information was exposed....
Prior to that, CNN told us the same thing:
... the President was informed six campaign staffers in Tulsa had tested positive for coronavirus ahead of his scheduled arrival.... After initially dismissing the revelation, a source familiar with his reaction said Trump erupted when it was subsequently reported in the media....
If Trump is upset that this was reported, does that mean he assumes that the media won't be informed, and won't inform the public, when people linked to him test positive? And if that's the case, will we eventually learn that the virus was more widespread in his White House than we were ever told?

I don't believe Trump himself has been infected, but it leads me to wonder whether we'll be told if he is -- or if Mike Pence or a cabinet member or top adviser tests positive. As I said back in March, I assume we won't be told right away if Trump tests positive -- if he's mildly ill and recuperating, or even if he's seriously impaired for a while but likely to recover, I think his staff will make up a non-medical excuse for his absence from public appearances and just hope he recovers quickly.

I don't think Trump believes anything he considers shameful is anyone's damn business -- and he would think getting is shameful. I don't know if they could really cover up a serious Trump illness, but I suspect they'd try.

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