By Chris Smith, Staff Writer
White house officials announced on October 2nd President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19. Following the announcement, Trump was transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by helicopter.
It was confirmed that Trump was aboard a plane with his aide Hope Hicks, who had already tested positive.
After news of his diagnosis broke, Trump received support from members from both political parties.
The democratic nominee for President, and former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted out in support.
“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the President and his family”, he wrote.
News of the diagnosis also received criticism due to Trump’s downplaying of the severity of the coronavirus and effectiveness of wearing masks. During the Presidential debate on Sept. 29th, Trump mocked candidate Biden for wearing masks, a practice recommended by Center for Disease Control officials.
“I don’t wear masks like him,” Trump said. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from it, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve seen.”
Junior public relations major Allison Montefusco wasn’t surprised when she saw the news.
“When I first heard he had COVID I really wasn’t surprised,” she said. “ He didn’t follow the doctors orders to protect himself or others around him, so in a way it was bound to happen at some point.”
Senior arts management major Brianna Saverino agreed with Montefusco.
“I’m not one of those people that was like “finally!” but honestly karma works in mysterious ways and Trump contracting COVID is really just a smidge of his own medicine that he unleashed on America,” Saverino said.
Trump has since left the hospital and begun making public appearances again with election pressures ramping up. He’s claimed an asymptomatic response to the virus and at this point in time, doctors expect Trump to fully recover; although his last positive test remains unknown to the public.