New York political leaders react to Trump’s COVID-19 test

Donald Trump announced that he has Coronavirus on October 2nd.
Donald Trump announced that he has Coronavirus on October 2nd.
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
Donald Trump announced that he has Coronavirus on October 2nd.

New York political leaders react to Trump’s COVID-19 test

Most wish the president well on his recovery, while others note his lackluster response to the pandemic.
October 2, 2020

On Friday, New York City and state political leaders sent their best wishes to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after it was confirmed that they both tested positive for the coronavirus and will go into quarantine.

This announcement came after it was reported that one of the president’s senior aides, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the virus after traveling with the president this week while not wearing a mask. Whether or not the president will be able to continue on the campaign trail, or attend the next debate on Oct. 15, remains unclear as Election Day approaches.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a slew of other New York officials tweeted sympathetic messages to the president, despite the frayed relationship between the state and the White House throughout the pandemic. Here are some of the reactions to the president’s positive COVID-19 test from high-profile political figures in New York.

However, some Democrats and activists did not shy away from taking their own jabs at the president, who previously claimed that the virus was a “hoax” being politicized by the Democrats.

Despite the outpouring of support for the recovery of the president and first lady, officials also commented on how the Trump administration has consistently downplayed the virus and not followed the health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. and impact of testing positive for the virus. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took this opportunity to remind people to continue wearing their masks, something the president’s family refused to do during this week’s debate.

“Look, I think it’s another reminder of why what I’m saying is right: wear masks, practice social distancing, take it seriously. And of course, this president didn’t do that, unfortunately, and we’ve all paid the price, but look I wish him a speedy recovery, obviously, for the good of all,” de Blasio said on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Friday. “But it is clear that people need to follow (public health) guidance for everyone to be safe. I mean this is just the object lesson of it.”

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Destine Manson
is an editorial intern at City & State.
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