Lesson on Secrets: Problems Don't Go Away If You Hide Them

Mish

Secrecy Creates Anxiety In the White Houser

"Don't Tell Anyone," said Trump to an Advisor

The Wall Street Journal reports Trump Didn’t Disclose First Positive Covid-19 Test While Awaiting a Second Test on Thursday

President Trump didn’t disclose a positive result from a rapid test for Covid-19 on Thursday while awaiting the findings from a more thorough coronavirus screening, according to people familiar with the matter.

As the virus spread among the people closest to him, Mr. Trump also asked one adviser not to disclose results of their own positive test. “Don’t tell anyone,” Mr. Trump said, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

The initial secrecy within Mr. Trump’s inner circle has created a sense of anxiety within the West Wing. Publicly, the White House has issued evolving and contradictory statements about the president’s health that has some officials worried about their own credibility.

I’m glued to Twitter and TV because I have no official communication from anyone in the West Wing,” an administration official said.

At a press briefing Saturday, the president, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday, watched as the White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters that his symptoms were improving. Minutes later, Mr. Trump grew alarmed when another person familiar with the situation warned reporters that Mr. Trump’s recent condition had been concerning. An angry president quickly dialed an adviser from his hospital room.

“Who the f— said that?” Mr. Trump demanded, according to a person familiar with the call. The Associated Press later identified the person as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

How Many in the West Wing Have Covid?

It's a secret. The White House Press Secretary Won't Disclose the Number.

After White House Director of Strategic Communication Alyssa Farah said earlier today that the White House would be releasing numbers of West Wing staffers who have tested positive for coronavirus, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said they would not, citing privacy concerns. 

She also would not answer when repeatedly pressed whether Trump was tested before the presidential debate or on Wednesday, saying she wouldn't give a "time stamped" readout of his testing schedule.

Another Trumpian Photo Op

Trump left the hospital briefly to appear in a motorcade photo op. 

Politically Foolish

Even if one claims this was low risk medically, it was politically foolish.

Trump's ego has insatiable demands. 

And his supporters are so inflicted with their own TDS they fail to see the problem.

This stunt will cost Trump votes.

Mish

Comments (77)
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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Epic! For Trumpers it has been all fun and games having a troll president that “owns the libs” but we are in serious trouble now with the continuity of government and mental capacity of the president. Trump is on a cocktail of drugs all of which have bad side effects and covid has long term negative effects.. Is Trump fully mentally capable? We cant have a mad king burn down the world because he isnt functioning right.

28 days till election.
10 days till Boris Brexit Bonanza.
7 days for Trump to end up on ventilator?

KidHorn
KidHorn

I don't condone the drive by, but let's wait and see who gets infected, when the symptoms show and how sick they get before blaming anything on Trump.

Rusty Nail
Rusty Nail

For the people wondering about Mish's vote... I believe he lives in Utah, so his choice will make no difference. It would be more interesting if he lived somewhere where his choice might actually effect the outcome of the election.

Casual_Observer2020
Casual_Observer2020

Wow he has GONE TO ALL CAPS ON EVERY TWEET.

Casual_Observer2020
Casual_Observer2020

If you are in a swing state voting for the 3rd party candidate is a GREAT CHOICE.

njbr
njbr

Do these seem like typical Trump tweets??

Sechel
Sechel

I have no confidence in the timelines One minute he got oxygen then he didn't the doctors flip flopped on whethe Trump tested positie on Wed or Thurs. Based on the doctor stating and confirming Wed I suspect we're getting a lot of fabricated facts. We just don't know. This level of mendacity is unprecedented. And while the doctor's first responsibility is ot his patient the correct answer should be he can't discuss it rather than lying.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

randocalrissian
randocalrissian

This ill-advised car ride reminds me a lot of how foolish Dukakis looked when he popped out of the tank with the helmet on.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I think this might belong here. Anyone who trusts anything this administration does or says it just being foolish and willfully ignorant.

Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids
Amid Trump’s push to reopen schools, Michael Caputo’s science adviser asked that the health agency alter its warning about a study of pediatric coronavirus.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

No one here or elsewhere has asked the obvious question: Was Trump trying to give Biden Covid-19 knowingly ? He skipped the test in Cleveland for a reason. He was clearly symptomatic Wednesday during a rally in Minnesota. I use to give Trump the benefit of the doubt but I think he would try to get Biden sick given he has stated he will likely challenge the election in courts.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

Kayleigh now has it...

Bardenio
Bardenio

I thought masks worked, why would the driveby be a problem if all have a mask?

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

Are you entertained yet?!?!

IA Hawkeye in SoCal
IA Hawkeye in SoCal

What's up with the junky music stand?

Realist
Realist

Good news. Trump is leaving the hospital today, feeling better than he did 20 years ago. His advice to the nation; ” Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life”!

What great advice. 210k deaths and still going strong.

Knight
Knight

What’s remarkable to me is actually how stable his support has been. Tells you a lot about where America is at when consistently he gets 40% of the polls. The irony here is that all he had to do from the very start was to sit back and let the experts speak, keep his mouth shut, and sign stimulus checks for Americans. Does re-election get any easier than that? And he couldn’t even do that.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

The most amazing thing is the progression of Covid-19; first, there's an asymptomatic period 3-10 days, then sometimes nothing (like my sister in law) the mild cold (with a loss of smell and taste -- often (like Boris Johnson) the patient feels better -- to have a sudden fall off the cliff with lung problems.

My guess, Trump has had COVID for some time! Was tested and though everything was ok, his behavior, sweats, and red face at the Presidential Debate would suggest steroids -- which are often administered to patients with COVID... As they say, it will all come out in the end. No way was he first sick on Thursday, and on supplemental Oxygen on Saturday.

Carl_R
Carl_R

My guess is that leaving the hospital early, and telling people not to be worried about Covid, even after he just took thousands of dollars worth of experimental drugs, and even as he struggles to breathe, will play badly.

I think if he had said that he had learned something, and that he had empathy for those who had suffered with Covid he'd have gotten a sympathy bump in his approval rating. Doing as he has done, he will gain no sympathy, but rather antipathy. I'd expect he'll lose a couple points off his approval, and his support in the election. Not much, though, as his support is very hard core, but a bit of a ding at the margin.


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