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Good Morning. President Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for the coronavirus. She says they are “feeling good,” but the news is adding new chaos to the campaign.
The trumps test positive
President Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for the corona virus, he announced in a tweet just before 1 a.m. today. After that, she added that they “feel good”. The White House did not say whether they developed symptoms.
The diagnosis is the latest amazing news in a year full of it. This creates uncertainty about the president’s health and his ability to camp 32 days before election day, when some states have already started voting.
It is unclear how the couple contracted the virus. One possibility is that they did so from Hope Hicks, a close Trump adviser who traveled with him on Air Force One on Wednesday and who felt sick that day. She tested positive on Thursday.
Joe Biden’s campaign made no announcement about his condition. Biden appeared on an indoor stage with Trump for 90 minutes during Tuesday’s debate. They stood more than three feet apart and did not shake hands before or after the debate because of the pandemic.
Some experts thought Biden was unlikely to have contracted the virus, given the timeline and his distance from Trump. Others were less convinced of this.
The White House initially didn’t announce that Hicks had tested positive. (Bloomberg News reported on it.) Instead, the White House appeared to put other staff and visitors at risk of the virus by continuing to operate normally. Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary who had also been on the plane with Hicks, held a briefing with reporters yesterday without mentioning or wearing a mask.
Trump has repeatedly downplayed the risk of the virus, behaving in ways public health experts risked the virus spreading. He has refused to wear a mask in public and has questioned its effectiveness. He held overcrowded rallies where attendees were not wearing masks. Many of his staff did not wear them to Tuesday’s debate, even after medical staff asked them to.
The Trumps will be quarantined at the White House for an unspecified period of time and his doctor said he could do his duties “non-stop.” But his campaign plan will almost certainly be canceled, at least for the immediate future. The status of the next presidential debate, a city hall to be held on October 15 in Miami, is unclear.
The heads of state and government in Russia, India, the UK and other countries expressed concern and good wishes for the Trump’s speedy recovery.
Stocks in Europe and Asia are down slightly today.
Nicholas Kristof, Times Opinion columnist: “Best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Whatever they think of their policies, I hope we can be courteous, avoid snarking, seek classes, and wish both of you a speedy recovery. “
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News: “Since Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981, the health of an American president has not been so threatened. A serious moment for the country. “
Ashish jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health: “This is a nightmare. COVID19 is a serious infection, especially for someone older than Mr. Trump. I can’t believe he was infected. This is a catastrophe.” [the White House] Team to protect the president. “
Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic:: “During my trip to the White House in August, I saw helpers at their desks without masks talking to each other in small offices without masks. It didn’t look like a white house concerned about the virus transmission. “
The Times will post the latest updates here throughout the day. A photo essay follows the president’s movements this week.
One morning read: The army published new guidelines for optimal soldier performance. Among the recommendations: strategic nap.
From the opinion: A new project is exploring the Amazon rainforest. A good start: this visual story of how human development is devastating the region and the earth’s climate.
Lived life: At a time when women were struggling to be heard in academia, the scientist Renée C. Fox was instrumental in creating the field of medical sociology. She died at the age of 92.
IDEA OF THE DAY: The baker’s trap
James Baker had quite a career: the only person to serve two presidents as chief of staff; the Minister of Finance who directed the 1986 Comprehensive Tax Reform Act; and the Secretary of State who successfully ended the Cold War.
Much of Baker’s success has been based on his ability to compromise, often on bipartisan lines. This is a central theme of a new biography, “The Man Who Ran Washington,” by Susan Glasser of The New Yorker and Peter Baker (unrelated to the subject) of The Times.
The book also offers clues as to how James Baker’s Republican Party has changed so much since he retired. In recent years he has faced a difficult decision whether to break with the party over Trump’s nomination. He chose not to speak, in part to protect his standing within the party.
It was a familiar story during the Trump presidency when dozens of members of Congress criticized the president privately, sometimes scornfully, but publicly supported him. Baker’s “silence in the face of Trump’s outrage reflects the greater complicity of so-called” Republicans who know better, “” wrote Samantha Power, the author and diplomat, in her review of the book.
Power called the book “exciting”. The Wall Street Journal said in its review that the book “feels like a novel”.
Do something comforting
Leek, carrots, celery, beets, and of course potatoes (or any other root vegetable you have on hand) are the keys to this cozy vegetable soup. Put the ingredients in a saucepan, simmer and stir until smooth. Serve with bread.
Observe something … unforgettable
Our weekly suggestion from Gilbert Cruz, The Times’s Culture Editor:
“Not everything that is faced can be changed,” wrote author James Baldwin, “but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” It’s a line that is said towards the end of “I’m not your negro,” one of the most impressive documentaries I’ve seen in years and a rare film available on several of the major streaming services.
In a voiceover, Samuel L. Jackson reads from an unfinished Baldwin book about Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. On the screen we see archive footage of these men and of Baldwin himself, in talk shows and from his famous 1965 debate with William F. Buckley.
I’ve seen this movie every year since it was released in 2017. It’s a lecture and an intimate letter, a reminder that you have to face history first in order to change the future.
The music critic
For many young music fans, Anthony Fantano’s word can make or break an artist. He has been reviewing songs and albums on his YouTube channel The Needle Drop for more than a decade and has attracted more than two million subscribers. And he has helped bring a dying art form – record review – closer to a new audience.
“Fantano’s DIY bedroom model feels increasingly like the future as the music magazine landscape is all but decimated, seasoned bloggers on the lookout, and corporate leaders like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone hit survivors,” writes Times pop music reporter Joe Coscarelli, in a profile.
Almost 35 years ago, Nintendo unveiled Super Mario Bros., the video game that turned its eponymous high jump plumber into a star. Here are 35 facts about Mario to celebrate.
In the latest Modern Love, a woman saw her romantic future in the movie “Bend It Like Beckham,” but her future had different ideas.
Here’s today’s mini crossword puzzle and a clue: Tone before “Bless you” (five letters).
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