As Coronavirus Fears Grow, Trump Spends 45 Minutes With ‘Deep State’ Play Actors
As concerns over a potential coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. continued to grow on Thursday, President Donald Trump somehow found time — 45 minutes, to be exact — to meet with the the lead actors of a low-budget conservative play about the “deep state,” according to The Daily Beast.
The play, FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers, is “based entirely on congressional testimony and the text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who discussed the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia while having an affair.”
Playright Phelim McAleer told The Daily Beast that Trump loved the concept and said what was supposed to be a 15-minute meeting at the White House turned into 45 minutes.
“We went for a 15 minute meeting that took 45 minutes,” McAleer said. “We were there for 45 minutes in the Oval Office, and he loves it, he loves the play.”
Superman actor Dean Cain and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Kristy Swanson, the play’s leads, also joined the White House meeting.
McAleer said the president complained about “why some people are in prison [and] why other people aren’t” during their get together and did most of the talking. The Daily Beast said he could not recall if Trump had mentioned the coronavirus during the meeting, which was not listed on the president’s formal daily guidance.
Though it seems odd that Trump would find time to sit down for a visit with low-budget play actors during an ongoing health crisis, the move appears to fit well with his overall level of concern about the coronavirus in general.
The Daily Beast reported that “according to three people who’ve independently discussed coronavirus with the president over the past three weeks, each said he seemed more preoccupied with his beliefs that Democrats and perceived enemies in the news media were going to try to use coronavirus panic to make him ‘look bad’ than with the virus’ public health fallouts.”