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Rubio calls for ‘frequent, detailed & transparent updates’ from White House regarding Trump’s health

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) urged the White House to be more transparent regarding President Trump’s condition after he announced early Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19.



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Rubio calls for ‘frequent, detailed & transparent updates’ from White House regarding Trump’s health

“A significant increase in conspiracy theories & outrageous claims since the President’s diagnosis. Lies spread much faster than fact checking. This is why we need frequent, detailed & transparent updates from @WhiteHouse. And why we should all be skeptical of outlandish rumors,” he tweeted.

Trump first announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. He is experiencing mild symptoms, including reportedly a low-grade fever, and was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later Friday.

White House senior adviser Hope Hicks and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel have also tested positive for the coronavirus, as well as at least three senators who attended a Rose Garden ceremony earlier this week.

The diagnosis sent Washington into a spiral Friday, with some Twitter users floating conspiracy theories over Trump’s state, including that China was responsible since that is where the pandemic first broke out.

The usually verbose president has only tweeted twice since his diagnosis was announced.

Trump’s physician will hold a press conference at Walter Reed Saturday morning.

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GOP Senator Marco Rubio Calls on White House for Frequent Updates About Trump’s Condition

Republican Senator Marco Rubio called on the White House for transparency following President Donald Trump testing positive for COVID-19.



a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (R) speaks to members of the media in the Senate Subway under the U.S. Capitol on August 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Rubio called for regular updates on the president's health after he tested positive for COVID-19.


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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (R) speaks to members of the media in the Senate Subway under the U.S. Capitol on August 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Rubio called for regular updates on the president’s health after he tested positive for COVID-19.

With a number of people sharing conspiracy theories regarding Trump’s COVID diagnosis, the Florida senator said it was the White House’s duty to share “frequent, detailed, & transparent updates” regarding the president and his condition. He also said that everyone should “be skeptical of outlandish rumors” regarding Trump’s diagnosis.

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“A significant increase in conspiracy theories & outrageous claims since the President’s diagnosis,” he wrote. “Lies spread much faster than fact checking.”

Rubio had previously wrote on Twitter that he was praying for the president and first lady Melania Trump after the announcement that the couple had tested positive. The senator also tweeted: “Any adversary who views news of @POTUS testing positive as an opportunity to test the United States would be making a grave mistake.”

It’s unclear what types of updates Rubio is seeking from the White House. White House Press