Photos of Donald Trump ‘working’ through COVID-19 raise suspicion – National

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Photos and videos of US President Donald Trump supposedly working with his COVID-19 treatment have raised suspicion online after several eagle-eyed users pointed out that his “job” appeared to involve signing sheets of paper blank and sitting with empty binders.Doubts resurfaced over the weekend amid a tide of conflicting information from the White House and the president’s doctors, who offered conflicting news about the timing of his diagnosis. The president himself also has a long, well-documented history of distorting reality around a variety of topics, from crowd size and weather to the real threat of the coronavirus.

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Two photos taken on Saturday by Joyce Boghosian, the official White House photographer, were the subject of special scrutiny. Pictures show Trump appears to sign documents at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., On Saturday, a day after he was admitted for treatment. Both photos were released by the White House.

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One image shows a Trump without a tie sitting at a round table in a suit jacket, signing a piece of paper with a Sharpie marker. A filing cabinet and files are also scattered around the desk.

Close inspection shows the paper to be pristine, as many reviews on Twitter have pointed out.

In this White House photo, US President Donald J. Trump works in the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. On October 3, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19.


Joyce N. Boghosian / White House via CNP / ABACAPRESS.COM


Another photo shows Trump, still without a tie, leafing through a file on a long boardroom table. He’s not wearing a suit jacket in the second photo (it looks like he’s hanging from his chair), but he’s still holding the marker.

In this White House photo released, United States President Donald J. Trump works in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. On October 3, 2020, after testing positive to COVID-19.


In this White House photo, United States President Donald J. Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, October 3, 2020, after testing positive for COVID -19.


The photoshoot sparked a wave of questions about the nature of Trump’s alleged work, given he appeared to be signing a blank sheet of paper. Thousands of people have suggested the photos were staged.

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Several journalists also highlighted that the two photos may have been taken within minutes of each other, despite the change of scenery and dress.

Metadata on the Associated Press website shows the photo of Trump in a jacket was created at 5:25 pm Saturday, while the photo of him without the jacket was created at 5:35 pm The images have been uploaded. on the AP system early Sunday. , the data show.

It wouldn’t be the first time the former reality TV star has staged a bit of paperwork drama. In 2015, for example, he tweeted photos of himself signing his tax returns, which are described as huge piles of papers.

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Trump has paid no more than US $ 750 in federal income tax since becoming president and has paid nothing for at least 11 years over the past two decades, the New York Times recently reported. The president disputed that figure but did not release his tax returns, contradicting a tradition that presidential candidates – including his opponent, Joe Biden – have followed for decades.

Many have raised questions about the safety of Boghosian, the photographer who should have been in the same room as the COVID-19-positive president for the photoshoot.

Trump was also criticized for giving a brief tour of the hospital during his motorcade on Sunday when he waved his supporters outside. Photos and videos show Trump sitting in the back of a vehicle with members of the Secret Service. Everyone in the car appeared to be wearing masks.


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Coronavirus: Trump walks by, waves to supporters outside Walter Reed hospital


Coronavirus: Trump walks by, waves to supporters outside Walter Reed hospital

” This is madness, ” tweeted Dr. James P. Phillips, Walter Reed’s doctor who has often criticized Trump’s response to the pandemic. “Everyone in the vehicle during this completely unnecessary presidential drive-by must now be quarantined for 14 days. They could get sick. They can die.

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Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus. The President’s doctor, Sean Conley, and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, have offered conflicting accounts of his diagnosis. On Friday, for example, Conley was evasive when asked repeatedly if Trump had been given oxygen at any given time.

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Conley admitted to choosing his words carefully in a follow-up statement on Saturday.

“I was trying to reflect the optimistic attitude that the team, the president, had in his illness. I didn’t want to give out any information that might point the course of the disease in another direction, ”said Conley.

“And in doing so, you know, it turned out that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true. The point is, he’s doing very well.


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Coronavirus: Trump doctor says conflicting president’s health reports are ‘misinterpreted’


Coronavirus: Trump doctor says conflicting president’s health reports are ‘misinterpreted’

White House aide Alyssa Farah told the AP Conley was trying to boost the president’s mood with his words.

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“When you’re treating a patient, you want to project their confidence, you want to cheer them up, and that was the intention.”

The virus has spread rapidly through Trump’s staff in recent days, with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany the latest to test positive. Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager Bill Stepien, his so-called “bodyman” Nick Luna and Chris Christie, who helped Trump prepare for the debate, have all tested positive since then. .

The president has rarely been photographed with a mask in public, and his staff and supporters are typically seen without a mask at events. Trump also mocked Biden during the first presidential debate for his use of a mask in public.

“If necessary, I wear masks. I don’t wear masks like him, ”Trump said during the debate. “Every time you see him he has a mask on. He could talk 200 yards from them, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.


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US Presidential Debate: Trump Says Suggestion To Inject Bleach To Cure COVID-19 Was ‘Sarcastic’

More than 209,000 Americans have died since the start of the pandemic.

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“If we have between 100,000 and 200,000, we’ve all done a really good job together,” Trump said of the potential death toll in March.

Trump claimed in a hospital video over the weekend that he had learned “a lot” from his experience with the virus.

“I learned it by actually going to school. This is the real school, this is not the “let’s read the book” school, and I understand, and I understand it.

The 74-year-old, clinically obese president was still in hospital Monday morning.

He announced later in the day that he would be leaving the hospital on Monday evening.

“I feel better than 20 years ago!” he claimed on Twitter.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic diseases such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop any symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining a distance of two meters from other people if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend using a face mask or non-medical blanket to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can carry the disease. virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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