The morning after COVID-infected President Donald Trump removed his face mask upon his return to the White House, Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley calmly asserted that the president was a leader on the issue of wearing a mask from the start. .
Interviewing Gidley on the Tuesday Morning Show of American press roomFox News presenter Sandra Smith referred to Trump campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine attacking Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for not having coronavirus and claiming that “the first-hand experience” of Trump with COVID-19 will get him re-elected.
“The president himself and the videos he posted being very transparent, letting the American people into their hospital room, in essence, spoke of the fact that he has learned so much about this virus,” replied Gidley, doubling down on Perrine’s remarks.
“He literally watched the coronavirus,” he added. “Looks like he’s on the safe side. The best words I’ve heard from Dr Conley are, ‘He’s back.’ “
Smith, meanwhile, noted that the White House doctor said Trump was “not out of the woods yet” when President Walter Reed was released. She then asked Gidley if Trump’s “first-hand experiences” would change his message on mask wearing and social distancing, specifically referring to the recent “super-broadcaster” Rose Garden event.
“Look, I’m so mad at the way the media covered these mask issues,” Gidley exclaimed. “He was talking about masks on March 31 and April 3 – he was with the CDC when they released the guidelines for wearing masks.
After complaining that the White House press corps didn’t start wearing masks regularly in the briefing room until later in the spring, the Trump flack then insisted the president was a leader in masks material.
“This president has led on the issue at every turn,” he said. “And so far, it’s no different. He took out a mask during the debate and said here, “I have mine. I wear mine. ”
The president, who took months into the pandemic to finally wear a mask in public, notably mocked Biden during last week’s debate for wearing masks regularly. The president’s recent election rallies, meanwhile, have gathered large crowds with little to no masks and no social distancing restrictions.
Smith then referred to the optics of Trump symbolically ripping off his mask upon his release from Walter Reed Medical Center, wondering aloud if this sends a mixed message to the public while noting that Trump currently has COVID-19 and could potentially infect d ‘other.
“Okay, two or three more things,” Gidley replied. “The president is alone on the outside balcony. He takes off his mask.
The president was not alone on the balcony at the time, however. A White House photographer immediately ran alongside the president to take pictures. Moments later, as he filmed a video that he would later tweet, Trump was surrounded by several other staff.
“Flip a few channels and watch MSNBC,” he continued, referring to the Biden town hall event on NBC News. “Joe Biden is sitting there without a mask, talking to Lester Holt without a mask. It is ridiculous to hear the media become apoplectic about this.
“There is a big difference,” Smith retorted. “The president is currently spreading the virus. He is still in the middle of the 10-day viral phase. “
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