Coronavirus bumps Trump off campaign trail a month from Election Day

President Donald Trump’s stretch run to the November elections took a completely unexpected turn on Friday, when the President was flown from the White House to a military hospital outside Washington, D.C. for treatment, as the Coronavirus has sidelined Mr. Trump from the campaign trail until further notice.


“I’m going to Walter Reed hospital,” the President said in a short video taken at the White House before he left for the facility in Bethesda, Maryland.


“I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” Mr. Trump added.



In a written statement, White House doctors said the President was receiving a special experimental drug cocktail to combat the impact of the Coronavirus, getting 8 grams of Regeneron.


“As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits,” the statement read. It mentioned nothing about hydroxychloroquine, a drug which Mr. Trump spent weeks pressing as a way to combat the virus.


Mr. Trump had been scheduled to take part in a phone call with Governors about the Coronavirus on Friday, but reports indicated his role was filled instead by Vice President Pence.


As of Friday night, the President had not sent out any tweets since a 12:54 am missive which informed the world that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus.


“The First Lady is doing very well,” Mr. Trump said on his video.


The President’s campaign also scrapped all upcoming rallies over the next five days, including a pair of campaign stops on Saturday in Wisconsin - a state which is seeing a big surge in new virus cases.



The President was also scheduled to hold rallies in Arizona on Monday and Tuesday.


But instead of being on the campaign trail with a month left until Election Day, the President finds himself hospitalized for a virus which has turned his re-election bid upside down in 2020.

The situation was even more ironic in that the President and his supporters have relentlessly criticized Joe Biden for not campaigning, and staying at his home in Delaware for months, in order to avoid the virus outbreak.

“While I travel the Country, Joe sleeps in his basement,” the President tweeted on September 12.



It was not clear when the President might have contracted the virus. As of Friday night, there were seven positives among people who had been at last weekend’s announcement of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

That group includes two U.S. Senators, the President of Notre Dame University, and one reporter. Another White House reporter who was positive had gone on the President’s trip to Pennsylvania immediately after the Barrett ceremony.


Jamie Dupree, CMG Washington News Bureau

Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau

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