WaPo bombshell: Trump exposed 500 people to COVID and kept it secret from close staff

December 7, 2021

The Washington Post has a stunning bombshell out in which it details the seven days from which former President Donald Trump first tested positive for COVID to when he announced his positive test and then hospitalization later that Friday, October 1, reports The Political Flare.

Trump announced his positive COVID test at 1 a.m. (ET) October 1—and by 6 p.m. that same day, he was struggling to walk into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Thus, Political Flare notes, “No one should ever have believed that he didn’t know long before the 1st.”

When he first learned he had tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump was already aboard Air Force One September 26, en route to a massive rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania. With him on the plane that Saturday evening were dozens of people—senior aides, Air Force One personnel, junior staffers, journalists and other members of the large entourage typical for a presidential trip — all squeezed together in the recirculating air of a jetliner.

“Stop the president,” White House physician Sean Conley told Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to a new book by Meadows set to publish on Tuesday, December 7, that was obtained by the Guardian newspaper. “He just tested positive for COVID.”

But Meadows asserts in his book that it was too late to stop Trump and that a second rapid antigen test —apparently done using the same sample—came back negative. But under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Trump should have taken a more accurate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm whether he had the coronavirus.

 On Wednesday, during the rally, Hope Hicks, a top Trump aide and close confidante, had started feeling sick. By the time she boarded Air Force One, she discreetly self-quarantined, exiting the plane from the rear entrance when it touched down just after midnight.

Indeed, on the return trip home, Trump ventured back to the press cabin—unmasked—where he spoke with the media for roughly ten minutes.

Political Flare argues, “Everyone knows Trump wasn’t a big “mask” guy, but one has to read the details to truly appreciate his recklessness and lack of care about others.”

During the next few days, he met Amy Coney-Barrett and her family in a reception with Pence and other top staff—all maskless—and he met with all of the members of the Gold Star families.

The Rose Garden ceremony for Coney-Barrett would later become known as an apparent “superspreader event”, with more than a half dozen attendees testing positive for the coronavirus within the week —including Trump, his wife, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Notre Dame President John Jenkins, and Republican Senators. Mike Lee (Utah) and Thom Tillis (North Carolina).

 Trump then went through all the debate prep and the debate while positive and Mark Meadows said that he knew something was wrong, Trump had dark blotches under his eyes.

Trump came in contact with roughly 55 people that Wednesday, according to The Post’s analysis.

One former senior administration official, speaking anonymously to share a candid opinion, remarked,“Everyone spent months trying to reconstruct the Rose Garden and it turns out it was good old Patient Zero, the president.”

 Research contact: @politicalflares