Oct 1: Trump, Melania, and Hope Hicks, a Trump advisor, test positive for COVID-19. He is hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He receives oxygen twice along with Regeneron’s investigational antibody cocktail, remdesivir, and dexamethasone. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issues a proclamation limiting each county in the state to one drop-off point for mail ballots. The Trump administration drop the cap on the number of refugees it will let into the United States in the next fiscal year to 15,000, the lowest since the 1980 Refugee Act was enacted. Amazon reports that 19,816 of its workers, 1.4 percent of its workforce, were infected with the coronavirus between March 1 and Sept. 19.
Oct 2: 22 more people in Trump’s staff test positive for COVID-19, including Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway, his political advisors, Kayleigh McEnany, his press secretary, and Christ Christie, the former governor of New Jersey and Trump sycophant. After months of stalemate, a coronavirus relief bill seems to be around the corner.
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US President Donald Trump is being taken to hospital less than 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus https://t.co/LUncT9UR8F— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 2, 2020
Trump heads to Walter Reed where he will get the kind of first rate, completely free government #healthcare denied to millions of Americans as a matter of policy.#resist #mepolitics #coronavirus #TrumpCovid #VoteBidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/Iof9gmiaf3— Bruce Bourgoine (@BruceBourgoine) October 2, 2020
Just a reminder that China’s communists did this. Consequences should be severe.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 2, 2020
Trump said that #coronavirus would go away 34 times, including as late as September. That was never the issue. The issue was how many people got sick and died in the meanwhile. It doesn’t help 200,000 folks who died or 7M who contracted it, including Trump if it goes away later.— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) October 2, 2020
Me, every day this week pic.twitter.com/IVW9oKilNc— Rachel Paige (@rachmeetsworld) October 2, 2020
Trump went to a $200,000 per couple GOP fundraiser in Minnesota the day before he tested positive for coronavirus where guests showed “a disregard for COVID-19 precautions,” including *singing karaoke* after Trump left https://t.co/FtzfvoCf0B— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 2, 2020