Twitter is calling it a “Trumpdemic.” President Donald Trump has been in close contact with at least three people exposed to the coronavirus. The President assures America he feels just fine and is at his desk working. His brand new gatekeeper won’t be at the office for a few days though. To stay on the safe side, Mark Meadows won’t be manning his new post as Chief of Staff yet, because he quarantined himself until Wednesday.
Trump not worried by Twitter ‘Trumpdemic’
When word got out that President Donald Trump himself was potentially exposed to the coronavirus, the hashtag #Trumpdemic instantly went viral. The President isn’t the slightest bit worried.
All of the Republican heavy hitters gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Virtually every one of the nationalist celebrities were on hand to put the deep state under the microscope.
One of the attendees to the conference, 12 days ago, tested positive for COVID-19. They never entered the main hall but the infected guest shook hands with American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp. A few days later, Schlapp also shook hands with the President.
Georgia lawmaker Doug Collins and Florida’s Rep. Matt Gaetz were also in contact with the infected guest at CPAC. President Trump toured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with Collins on Friday. Matt Gaetz “rode with Trump in the presidential limousine and took Air Force One back to Washington with him on Monday.” Both Collins and Gaetz quarantined themselves.
According to White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, “The president has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients nor does he have any symptoms. President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.”
The most important Coronavirus message right now: Take common-sense measures to protect yourself and others. pic.twitter.com/NmA7FMplgi
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 9, 2020
Self-quarantine or not?
The decision whether or not to place yourself in quarantine is a complicated one that depends on a lot of factors, as this “Trumpdemic” underscores. Because the CPAC attendee who tested positive, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar decided to go into isolation on Sunday.
Monday, they were joined by Gaetz and Collins. Meadows made an announcement late Monday, even though he tested negative. On the other hand, President Trump chose not to isolate and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert matched Trump’s decision.
Liberals were outraged to see Rep. Gohmert actually conducting a Capitol tour Monday evening. They go around screaming that he “refuses” to self-quarantine. There’s no need Gohmert insists. He talked to the CDC and they say it’s okay.
He explained to the group he was escorting, “about his conversation with the doctor, that he didn’t have any symptoms, and that he wouldn’t shake hands.”
President Trump is well known to be a “germophobe,” and White House officials say he’s always been a fanatic about washing his hands. If the President thought there was good reason to isolate himself, he would. In this case, he’s following his own advice and remaining cautious but calm.