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Few would dare. Inside the White House, aides created a kind of alternative reality in which the threat is always receding, the boss always prevailing. In meetings with the president, “no one likes to tell him that some areas are catching fire” because of the virus, another senior administration official told me. “They only say, ‘Oh, we’re turning the corner.’ That goes on there all the time. There’s always a reluctance to talk about bad news. That permeates all the discussions.”
Olivia Troye attended every meeting of the White House’s coronavirus task force until her resignation in August. Signs posted in the West Wing urged people to wear masks, which sat in a basket near one of the entrances. Yet she felt conspicuous peer pressure to forgo them, which is likely how Trump wanted it. He practices a kind of mask avoidance, and his staff followed suit. Wearing a mask
President Trump was hospitalized on Friday evening less than 24 hours after announcing that he had the coronavirus. Aides said Mr. Trump was experiencing coughing, congestion and fever, symptoms that worsened through the day.
Mr. Trump was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after being given an experimental antibody treatment as the White House rushed to cope with a commander in chief infected by a virus that has killed more than 208,000 people in the United States. Officials said he would remain in the hospital for several days and canceled his upcoming campaign events.
Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, planned to update the public about Mr. Trump’s condition at 11 a.m., a White House
The top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services ran through a series of baseless conspiracy theories in a Facebook Live video, accusing government health officials of “sedition” and warning of a post-election insurrection by left-wing “hit squads.”
The broadcast from Michael Caputo, who President Donald Trump appointed in April as the department’s assistant secretary of public affairs, was first reported by the New York Times.
Caputo, a former Trump campaign official, warned without evidence that “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to violently oppose a second Trump term, according to the New York Times. He predicted that Trump would win a contested election, sparking chaos.
“And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said, according to the report. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.”
Caputo told gun owners to “buy ammunition, ladies and
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