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The Trump administration is handling the White House COVID-19 outbreak in the same disastrous way it approached the country’s



a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020. ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images


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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020. ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images

  • The Trump administration’s approach to the COVID-19 outbreak among its top officials shows many of the same problems of its overall approach to the pandemic.
  • There’s been little to no transparency, mixed messaging, a continued lack of respect for public health recommendations, and a futile effort to paint a rosy picture amid an evolving crisis.
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Over a dozen people in President Donald Trump’s orbit, along with the president himself, have tested positive for COVID-19 after the White House held what appears to be a super-spreader event in the Rose Garden to announce the president’s Supreme Court nominee a little over a week ago. 

Based on the nature of the virus, that number could easily rise in the coming days. 

The president has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with the virus last week and the list of top officials in the White House who’ve contracted the virus is expanding rapidly.

The Trump administration’s handling of this evolving internal health crisis, which also has major external consequences for the country and wider world, is near-identical to its approach to the US outbreak. 



a group of people in a park: Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R) speaks after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that she will be his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty


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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R) speaks after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that she will be his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Since Trump’s diagnosis and the fallout, the White House has more or less ignored calls for transparency about Trump’s health from top public health experts and even Republicans in Congress. 

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