Posts tagged with "Chris Wallace of Fox News"

Bombshell: Trump tested positive for COVID and lied about it before first presidential debate in 2020

December 6, 2021

In a bolt from the blue, a former member of the Trump Administration has revealed in a new book that former President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first general election debate with former Vice President Joe Biden and arrived late for the event so he wouldn’t have to be tested for the virus, reports CNN.

The revelation came in “A Chief’s Chief,” by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and was first reported by The Guardian. Meadows writes that after Trump tested positive, he then got a negative test—adding that “nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there.”

The debate was September 29. Two days later—on October 2 —Trump announced that he had contracted COVID-19.

You’ll remember that, according to debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, Trump and his entourage arrived too late on the day of the debate—the afternoon of the 29th—to be tested by an independent party.

As Wallace recounted: “For them to get tested, there wouldn’t have been enough time to have the test and have the debate at 9:00 that night,” he said. “They didn’t show up until 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 in the afternoon. There was an honor system when it came to the people that came into the hall from the two campaigns.”

The honor system isn’t really something that Donald Trump buys into. This is a man who made more than 30,000 — yes, that number is correct—false or misleading claims over the course of his four years, according to The Washington Post.

Trump released a statement on Wednesday morning, December 1, disputing Meadows’ account.

“The story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News,” Trump said. “In fact, a test revealed I did not have Covid prior to the debate.”

However, according to CNN, the context around when Trump got sick is not helpful to the former president. The news network says, “He himself openly speculated that he contracted COVID during an event for military families at the White House. In an interview on October 8 on Fox Business, Trump speculated that it was that event where he got the virus.

In that same debate, when the conversation turned to the importance of masking as a way to mitigate the spread of the virus, Trump offered this comparison to Biden: “I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from him, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

Research contact: @CNN

Trump suggests he would ‘negotiate’ a 3rd term as president because he is ‘probably entitled’ to it

September 15, 2020

At an indoor rally on September 12—held in Nevada, a state in which such gatherings are illegal—President Donald Trump once again suggested that he would serve three terms in office, telling attendees of  the campaign event that he was “probably entitled” to an additional four years following a hypothetical second term, Business Insider reports.

“And 52 days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” Trump told the mostly maskless, non-socially-distanced crowd of his supporters on Saturday. “And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably —based on the way we were treated—we are probably entitled to another four after that.”

Although the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1951, established that a president may not serve more than two terms, this is not the first time that Trump has insinuated that he plans to help himself to a third term.

We are going to win four more years,” Trump said last month, according to Yahoo News. “And then after that, we’ll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years.”

In November 2018, Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he would not seek a constitutional amendment to permit him to serve more than two terms in office. He made the clarification after he had praised Chinese President Xi Jinping’s abolishment of presidential term limits.

“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great.” Trump said in March 2018. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

“I think the eight-year limit is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump later told Wallace in 2018, although he has continued to float the idea of a third term.

In June 2019, Trump told the Meet the Press Host Chuck Todd that he was only joking when saying he’d try to serve more than two terms as president.

According to Business Insider, Trump frequently has argued that he’s been treated unfairly in comparison with his predecessors, often pointing to the Russia investigation and his impeachment.

In August, at a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the president similarly suggested he was owed a third presidential term.

Research contact: @businessinsider