According to a new book by Trump’s final Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Donald Trump knew that he had COVID before his first debate against Joe Biden. The debate took place on September 29th and Trump only made it public that he had tested positive for COVID on October 2nd. This timeline led many to suspect that Trump had coronavirus during the debate itself and now it is confirmed that he did. According to Meadows, Trump first tested positive on September 26th following the Rose Garden super-spreader event for then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Meadows says that he was the person who informed the president of the news of the positive results. He writes in the book that Trump’s reply, “rhyme[d] with ‘Oh spit, you’ve gotta be trucking lidding me.’” Trump then took a second test and the result was negative, which he felt gave him license to carry on and conduct business as usual. In the following days, Trump played golf, held a press conference, and spoke with business leaders in the cabin of a new truck. He arrived late to the debate on the 29th and because of this he was not tested. The hosts of the event said they were relying on “the honor system,” which shows they were naïve to think the Trump team would have any honor.
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