W.When you look at pictures Donald Trump And his team since the epidemic, they almost seem to be from another world, before the existence of the Corona virus.
These photos were probably once intended to depict a robust, virus-immune white house – we’ve always known the president has a keen eye for optics, after all (Remember that fake photo from his inauguration?).
But now the president has been diagnosed with Covid-19, and while we know to what extent his team may have spread the virus, these images betray a different image: of Donald Trump, the super distributor; Of all the moments his team might put others in grave danger. Here are those moments in pictures.
White House Supreme Court nomination Rose Garden
On September 26, five days before he was diagnosed with the coronavirus, Trump held an event to announce his candidacy for Judge Amy Connie Barrett, to fill in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s place in the Supreme Court. The ceremony is now believed to have been a super-spread event, with 200 people attending, eight of whom have now tested positive for the virus.
Here, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has now tested positive for the Coronavirus, is cuddling with Judge Barrett, while neither is wearing masks.
People were tightly packed, sitting shoulder to shoulder.
Later, the reception continued inside the White House. In this photo, Melania, Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and President Trump – who will later test for the virus – have mixed without masks.
The Pennsylvania March
As if one event wasn’t enough that day, Trump and his colleagues later attended a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
His political advisor, Hope Hicks, was present at the rally, cheering without a mask. Four days later, Hicks began showing symptoms of the virus and he entered self-isolation.
Supporters showed their love for the president at the rally, with fists in the air and very few masks to be seen.
Light a candle remembrance inside the white house
The next day, Trump attended a candle lighting inside the East White House room with the families of those who died while on duty. People sat from knee to knee, many of them were old, not a single mask appeared in the crowd.
On Tuesday, before the presidential debates, Trump, Christy and attorney Rudy Giuliani sat indoors without masks during a press conference.
Here, two photos show Melania wearing a mask at one moment and the next without it. the family It said They waved masks when he was shown them that night. Later in the debate, Trump said: “I wear masks when needed.” Two days later, he tested positive for the virus.
Another march in Minnesota
On Wednesday, the president went to Minnesota to raise funds alongside his assistant Hope Hicks – who later began to feel unwell and had to isolate himself on the plane.
And social distancing was not entirely common in the crowd.
Hicks tested positive for the virus the next morning. Later that night, Trump declared (erroneously) that “the end of the epidemic is imminent.”
March of shame
Here, Trump heads toward the White House on Thursday night after testing positive, and he’s looking a little worse to wear.
Trump was aware of the optics, and drove to the hospital on Friday, but made sure to have pictures taken of him walking into the helicopter himself. This was reportedly an attempt to escape from another unpleasant image of having to leave the White House if the disease worsened.
Greetings from a car
But he couldn’t stay out of crowds for long. On Sunday, Trump hopped into his armored SUV to a salute from his supporters. Here, waving it.
“Everyone in the car during that totally unnecessary presidential trip should be in quarantine for a period of 14 days,” James Phillips, associate physician at Walter Reed, where Trump is being treated, wrote on Twitter. “They might get sick. They might die. For political theater. By order of Trump to endanger their lives on stage. This is insane.”