Shock rippled through the country as President Trump revealed on Twitter Thursday night that he and First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory virus that has so far killed over 200,000 Americans and infected millions.
In Hollywood, reactions were swift. Alyssa Milano tweeted that as someone who has had the virus and continues to suffer from its aftereffects, she “wouldn’t wish this virus on [her] worst enemy.”
Simu Liu, star of Marvel’s upcoming “Shang-Chi,” used the opportunity to remind others to wear a mask. Trump had long neglected to wear a mask during public appearances before reversing course as the coronavirus pandemic continued through the summer, and calling mask-wearing “patriotic.”
When asked whether he was questioning the efficacy of masks last Tuesday at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Trump said, “I think masks are okay. You have to understand, if you look… I mean, I have a mask right here. I put a mask on when I think I need it.”
Referring to Joe Biden, he added, “I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask.”
Others were skeptical that the president had actually contracted the coronavirus.
The news came on the heels of CNN’s revelation of leaked audio tapes of Melania Trump expressing expletive-laden frustration with decorating the White House, telling an aide, “Who gives a f— about Christmas stuff?” The First Lady also lashed out at criticism of the president’s separation of migrant children from their parents at the border.
In the tapes, she can be heard saying, “OK, and then I do it and I say that I’m working on Christmas and planning for the Christmas and they said, ‘Oh, what about the children that they were separated?’ Give me a f****** break.
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