Trump Appeared To Blame Families Of Deceased Troops For His COVID Diagnosis
President Trump suggested Thursday that he may have contracted the coronavirus from families of fallen troops he met with during a White House event last month, Military Times reports.
- The president said during an interview on Fox Business that he could not practice social distancing during the event because “they want to hug me and they want to kiss me.”
- Trump said of the Gold Star Families event:
“I didn’t want to cancel that. They all came in and they all talked about their son and daughter and father … They tell me these stories, and I can’t say ‘back up, stand 10 feet away,’ you know?”
- The president continued: “And I went through like 35 people, and everyone has a different story … They come within an inch of my face sometimes, they want to hug me and they want to kiss me. And they do.”
- Trump added: “And frankly, I’m not telling them to back up. I’m not doing it, but obviously it’s a dangerous thing, I guess, if you go by the COVID thing.”
- The White House has come under scrutiny for not requiring mask wearing and social distancing at recent events with numerous guests, like the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s SCOTUS nominee the day before the Gold Star Families event.
The Daily Beast on Wednesday reported that White House officials reached out to some of the military families involved in the Sept. 27 event to warn them they may have been exposed to the virus at the White House.