President Donald Trump has denied that Herman Cain caught COVID-19 during his disastrous rally in Tulsa, telling reporters “I don’t think he did,” as he left the White House on Friday.
Cain, 74, was pronounced dead Thursday after spending nearly a month in an Atlanta-area hospital battling the coronavirus.
The former GOP presidential candidate tested positive for COVID-19 nine days after appearing at Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was pictured sitting in tight spaces, without wearing mask.
President Donald Trump replied outside the White House on Friday “I don’t think he did,” when asked if former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who died Thursday, had contracted the coronavirus that killed him at Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa
President Donald Trump (left) shared this photo with Herman Cain (right) on Twitter Thursday, calling him a “great friend.” Cain’s website and employer announced Thursday morning that Cain had died from COVID-19. He tested positive nine days after going to Trump’s rally in Tulsa
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt sat next to Hermain Cain during the June 20 rally in Tulsa. Stitt announced he tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-July, so he was less likely to have been infected directly from the rally, but Cain’s positive test returned nine days later
THE LAST DAYS OF HERMAN CAIN
June 20: Herman Cain attends President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, posts photo of himself not wearing a mask
June 29: Cain tests positive for COVID-19
July 1: Cain rushed to hospital by ambulance for COVID-19
July 1: Cain tweets to appreciate that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is not forcing a mask on Mount Trump. Rushmore speech
July 27: Aides tweet that he is being treated with “oxygen for his lungs” but “his other organs and systems are strong”
July 30: Cain dies of COVID-19
Cain was sitting next to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
Stitt said he did not believe he contracted COVID-19 from the rally because he tested positive in mid-July.
“I don’t think that’s the case at the president’s rally. It’s too long ago, ”Stitt said.
Cain tested positive on time, which made it more likely that he was infected during the rally.
His staff said in a statement that there was “no way of knowing for sure how and where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.”
Cain visited several states in June, staff said.
In addition to announcing his death, Cain’s staff deleted a tweet sent the day he entered hospital praising South Dakota for failing to make masks mandatory at Mount Trump. Rushmore’s speech before July 4th saying, “PEOPLE ARE FED UP!”
He was hospitalized on July 1.
At 74, Cain was in the high risk group for the virus because of his age.
He’s also a cancer survivor – in 2006, Cain was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which had also spread to his liver.
Trump spoke about Cain at the top of his press briefing on Thursday, accusing the “Chinese virus” of taking his friend away.
He now recognized how Cain could have caught the virus.
He also tweeted a tribute to Cain, including a photo of the two Republicans inside the situation room.
Cain paid a visit to the White House in the spring of 2019 during the time Trump wanted to appoint him to the Federal Reserve board of governors. Cain ultimately withdrew from the nomination process.
The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza has become a household name as the 2012 Republican primary approaches, though his offer was derailed by past accusations of sexual harassment. A former mistress has also come forward. He withdrew from the race before voters went to the polls.
Herman Cain died of COVID-19. He attended President Trump’s rally on June 20 in Tulsa, where he tweeted the photo above
On July 1, the same day Herman Cain was taken by ambulance to hospital as his breathing worsened, he posted a tweet praising South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem for not making social distancing and mandatory masks during Trump’s July 3 appearance. State
His death sparked a number of politicized reactions because he had attended Trump’s disastrous rally, which was infrequently attended probably due to COVID concerns.
In a hearing with Dr Anthony Fauci and other government health experts on Friday, Democratic Representative Maxine Waters extended condolences to Cain’s family before berating the behavior of the GOP pol.
“This virus is neither Democrat nor Republican,” Waters said during the hearing.
“I will send my condolences to the family of Herman Cain who was a presidential candidate, who was a good friend of the president, who happened to be at the rally in Tulsa on June 20, without a mask, with a group of people around. him without a mask, and he died. He is dead.’
Waters assumed, without definitive proof, that the Trump rally was where Cain was infected.
“I’m told he was in good health and of course contacted the virus due to his unmasked presence there,” she said.
“So my condolences to his family,” added the Californian Democrat.