I know he had a triumphant evening news return to the White House (Medical Unit), ripping off his mask and telling supporters not to be afraid of COVID just because it killed 200,000+ of their fellow Americans. But people thought Herman Cain was doing better just days before he passed. Even the president’s doctor, no paragon of forthrightness, warned that Trump is “not out of the woods” and I agree with Conor Friedersdorf:
Donald Trump's prognosis is uncertain. Don't trust anyone who tells you otherwise. Uncertainty is hard to sit with but no amount of speculation will make it go away. We'll know more in a week or two. Until then: uncertainty.
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) October 5, 2020
In that vein, it’s useful to look at the questions the doctor didn’t answer yesterday, citing HIPAA regulations (translation: “Trump has not given me permission to talk about this”). For example:
When was his last negative test? Has he had any abnormal tests?
The WH clearly has a reason to stonewall questions about when Trump's last negative test was. It should be a really straightforward thing to answer. The refusal to provide info suggests Trump either wasn't being tested regularly at all, or had a positive test earlier than known pic.twitter.com/bPwVh0jShQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 5, 2020
Does he have pneumonia? What is the condition of his lungs?
White House doctors repeatedly decline to say whether the president has developed pneumonia or what his lung scans show
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) October 5, 2020
When did he first test positive? They won’t say. The Wall Street Journal reported a positive test earlier on Thursday before he spoke to Hannity and said he was waiting for test results (presumably referring to the PCR test). Was he tested for the debate? Did he have a positive rapid test before going to his New Jersey fundraiser? We have no definitive answers to those questions, so far as I am aware.
When people are forthcoming about some things and evasive about others it is obvious there is something bad underlying the evasiveness.
What is going on? What is Trump hiding?
UPDATE: Dana embedded this last night but it’s worth watching closely again. It is very uncomfortable to watch. He is clearly having trouble breathing.
Only days into his diagnosis, the first thing President Trump does when he gets back to the White House is take his mask off. pic.twitter.com/kyqvHcSbIl
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 5, 2020