Trump suggests Gold Star families may have given him COVID-19

Elizabeth Howe
October 08, 2020 - 1:33 pm
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President Donald Trump suggested in an interview Thursday morning that he may have contracted COVID-19 from Gold Star family members he met with at a White House event.

Trump told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo he “didn’t want to cancel” a planned event with Gold Star families at the White House even though he knew there would “be a chance I would catch it.”

The event on Sept. 27, Gold Star Mother’s and Families' Day, recognized the families of 20 fallen service members, according to the Washington Post. Dozens were in attendance. Photos of the event showed few people wearing masks and little evidence of social distancing.

The Gold Star family members shared stories of their loved ones killed in America’s wars and while Trump said those stories were “really amazing, actually beautiful” he also said the family members were often too close. 

“I can’t say, 'Back up ten feet.' I just can’t do it. I went through 35 people and everyone had a different story,” Trump said. “I can’t say, 'Give me room, give me 12 feet, stay 12 feet away.'”

The family members often wanted to hug and kiss the president, he said. 

“Then they do. And, frankly, I’m not telling them to back up. I’m not doing it.”

Trump was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by helicopter last Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. He only ever experienced mily symptoms according to White House press. The hospital stay was “out of an abundance of caution” and Trump was in “good spirits,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.

Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Monday night and arrived ten minutes later at the White House via Marine One.

“It's obviously dangerous,” Trump said of his meeting with Gold Star families. “It's a dangerous thing, I guess if you go by the COVID thing.”

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