Donald Trump’s personal valet tested positive for the coronavirus, huh

Trump Coronavirus Press Briefing

Donald Trump and the people around him are so out-of-touch that they think nothing of making stupidly outdated pop culture references. Just this week, Trump misogynistically mocked female reporters, saying they are not like Donna Reed, the 1950s actress who was actually a cool feminist and anti-war advocate (but she was famous for playing Suzy Homemaker-type roles). And now this: Trump’s campaign manager referred to the Trump 2020 campaign as the Death Star.

Perhaps this is the fight we should encourage? The MAGA Death Squad versus the Star Wars nerd-bros. Those MAGA peeps will be Well Actually’d to death. Well actually, the Death Star was destroyed. Well actually the Empire didn’t f–king win. Well actually, Dick Cheney was Darth Vader (sorry to this man).

Meanwhile, Trump’s valet tested positive for the coronavirus. Oh.

A member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump’s personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN learned Thursday, raising concerns about the President’s possible exposure to the virus. The valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work very close to the President and first family. Trump was upset when he was informed Wednesday that the valet had tested positive, a source told CNN, and the President was subsequently tested again by the White House physician.

In a statement, the White House confirmed CNN’s reporting that one of the President’s staffers had tested positive. “We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus,” deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”

[From CNN]

The NY Times described the Trump White House as “rattled” by the valet’s positive test and Trump told his staff that they would all be tested every day. The White House has something called an Abbott tester, which gives really fast results but sometimes gives false negatives. Trump also told reporters: “I’ve had very little contact, personal contact, with this gentleman.” Which is what he usually says about his criminal conspirators, so who knows.

Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing

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  1. Mina_Esq says:

    HOW DOES HE STAY HEALTHY through all of this? Why hasn’t he learned this man’s name?

    • Rapunzel says:

      Mina- not to defend the orange one, but I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be able to use his name in the press if knew it. Medical privacy laws would prohibit.

      As for how he stays fit- perhaps the toxins in KFC are the cure for COVID?

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        I was gonna say…all those preservatives in the fast food and Diet Coke are probably killing the virus (damn!)

        It was put out that THIS valet is the one who actually serves Dump his food. That means he is well w/in the 6ft soc. distancing to put it down, or at the very least, is touching the plate (do WH valets wear cotton gloves anymore?) and or w/in “breathing” distance of the food.

        Either way.. can’t say that I’d shed ANY tears for ANY of them in there. Only for the innocent kids they’d take it home to.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        When Stephen Miller’s wife tested positive, Trump said, “Katie tested positive,” to the press.

        So I don’t think whether he’s “able to” comes into it. Trump never thinks before he speaks. Never.

      • Holly hobby says:

        He blurted out the other victim’s name in a conference yesterday. The other one is a woman.

      • phaedra7 says:

        Warning–what I’m going to post is my own HPO: I personally believe that Take-A-💩 has been given by his physician some sort of cocktail of drugs that can stave off the symptoms of this disease–just enough for him (with his family members and Pence, no doubt) to keep nominally healthy (hence the reason for his handshakings, standing very close to people/no social distancing and not wearing any masks)–although others around him would have the symptoms and contract this virus. If my suspicions are true, this $#!+ is heinous and cruel on his part!🤬😡

    • B n A fn says:

      He doesn’t look healthy to me. Every time I see him I see a unhealthy conman.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I was talking with my mom about this yesterday night (yep, it made the news here in Canada) and I said I doubt he’d ever admit to testing positive unless there was no choice – eg he had to be hospitalized. His ego wouldn’t allow him to acknowledge that he caught it, even if he did.

    • Tate says:

      He is 73, obese and has a horrible diet. I wouldn’t call him healthy but yes, I too wonder how he has not gotten the virus when he seems to take no precautions at all.

      • Darla says:

        Exactly, and I don’t believe for a moment he doesn’t have underlying conditions. So if he does get it, I think we’re gonna know about it. But then I also think that I can’t get that lucky, and this guy seems to live a charmed life. Kinda like the devil.

      • Christin says:

        Hasn’t he (allegedly) been exposed multiple times now? There were the guests at his Florida event, and now this.

        Age and weight are not on his side. Maybe it does depend on length of contact (I keep hearing 10+ minutes) combined with physical proximity of six feet or less.

      • Sascha says:

        Is it that extremely toxic ppl don’t notice an “illness”? He’s grumpy as all hell, foul mood, one can only imagine how foul he SMELLS. Would he even -notice- having the covid?!?

      • Tifffany :) says:

        This isn’t over yet. In two weeks time, we will know more. Two people in the administration inner circle just tested positive. If they have given it to others, it might take time for those they have given it to to also test positive.

      • Holly hobby says:

        News just reported complicit barbie’s assistant caught it

      • Jane says:

        He’s behind a big desk? He has a pretty big office, maybe his staffers don’t come so far in.

    • Louise177 says:

      It really says something when even deadly virus doesn’t want anything to do with Trump.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    Wouldn’t it be a shame if….?

    I won’t finish that thought cause I don’t want the karma. But I’ll say I think it’s unlikely because all that toxic looking tangerine glow fake tan will probably protect him…

    • Darla says:

      I’ve been saying it. I’ll take the Karma. I pray every day, lord, just let me have one day more than Trump.

    • Annaloo. says:

      Same here!! Come sit next, karma bc I’m going to spill the tea and say it: I hope that valet breathed all over him, I hope he got
      a good misting and gets sent back to his evil world thru whatever portal he came! He’s evil!

      Same for Bolsanaro and Putin! All evil, heartless rancid excuses for human beings!! I’m sorry to be like this,but the world would be a better place if we had better leaders than these monsters!

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I believe in karma, but my initial reaction when I heard this was, “That valet was doing the Lord’s work. Bless him.”

      I am finding it very hard to muster any sympathy for Cheeto Mussolini being exposed to Covid-19 when he has condemned so many innocent people to certain death through his incompetence. However, I will say that if he does get it, I hope he does not suffer too much before dying. That is the best I can do.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Accidental double post – my bad.

    • Vava says:

      I would personally be dancing in the street. I’ll take the karma, too. And in the meantime, I’d love to scrub that crap off his face.

  3. wildwaffles says:

    The Death Star ad is appropriate, it shows them blowing up a planet of innocents. Pretty on brand for them.

    • Darla says:

      I mean, isn’t that really something though? Who in hell casts themselves as the Vader and the Emperor, and their opponents as Jedi? How have people this stupid been able to take over everything?

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      Isn’t what they are actually letting happen here? Innocents dying…BEING KILLED actually, due to their greed, ineptitude, and lack of empathy/compassion??

      • NatureLover says:

        And complete incompetence! All of the thousands of deaths are laid bare to bloody hands on Trump. Had he acted as a competent presiding, when Naravaro first alerted him in January, these early deaths would not have happened at such an alarming pace. I hope that everyone remembers in November when they vote.

  4. Stacy Dresden says:

    Sigh. McDonald’s. Please do your work a little faster.

  5. Mamasan says:

    God I’m hoping that valet coughed on a Big Mac.

  6. Jerusha says:

    Best wishes for a full recovery to the valet. I hope he worked very, very, VERY closely with trump, pence, barr and so many more.

  7. Noki says:

    the president’s personal valets have reportedly functioned as “messengers, confidants, nurses, barbers, bartenders, waiters, public-relations agents, and companions.” Wow i didnt know part of an elite military unit does all this.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Every president since Washington has had them. Some more recent presidents have questioned the need but the others have assured them that it is really helpful and allows them to focus on their work instead of tending to the dry cleaning and other mundane stuff we all have to do. Not that Trump actually focuses on anything.

    • Chaine says:

      Right? Apparently there is an elite military unit of waiters and waitresses? Who knew?!

      • Lightpurple says:

        And dressers. For some who had disabilities like FDR And JFK, the work has involved personal care needs too.

  8. Donn says:

    Very little contact is not no contact and also I’m pretty sure the other valets probably had contact with him. What alternate universe does he live in. Stop going out at all, and if it’s completely necessary, use a mask.

    • Lightpurple says:

      He is also bringing lots of people into the White House, all those press briefings, a small business event last week, the healthcare workers earlier this week, and today World War II veterans. And nobody wears masks.

      • Rapunzel says:

        No masks and no social distancing either. And is he still shaking hands? Ugh.

      • AMA1977 says:

        I can’t believe that the families of the WW2 vets let them attend that ceremony. Even if the Orange Idiot wasn’t actively courting disaster by refusing to act responsibly and actively flouting recommendations to social distance and wear a mask, the risks in travel are so great.

        My neighbor’s nephew is one of the West Point cadets who is traveling back for a mandatory two-week quarantine prior to the idiot’s vanity address, which I’m sure he will turn into a Nazi rally. She is worried for her young, healthy, non-immunocompromised family member, and rightfully so. My grandfather was a WW2 vet who died a few years back, and he was SO frail at the end. These heroes are well into their 90′s and don’t need to be trotted out to stroke the ego of a maniac.

    • Jensies says:

      Supposedly, the valet served him food. So there was considerable contact.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I bet he does think he’s Palpatine.

    • Sean says:

      - places the wrong people in charge
      - big, expensive projects are destroyed.
      - his credit rating is in the toilet
      - can’t get a loan.


  10. Purplehazeforever says:

    He was “lava level mad.” Lol. I’m curious how he doesn’t catch it, either.

  11. SolitaryAngel says:

    The White House is now a germ-riddled box. They’re going to topple like dominoes in there.

  12. Janet says:

    My first thought was “Way to take one for the team”. Which is shameful, but I am aghast at the level of abject failure, DGAF and complete lack of planning, leadership or even empathy that this man shows.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of the northern states bordering Canada don’t end up having “Secede and then join Canada” movements.

  13. adastraperaspera says:

    I’m enraged that the White House has ample testing available, while only 1% of the rest of us have been tested at all (and then usually only when at death’s door). Also, Trump keeps pushing this Abbott test, bragging that it only takes five minutes–but NPR reported that it’s giving false negatives 15% of the time. Another scam? Probably. I don’t know how they’re all staying well, though I suspect they’re receiving antibodies from the blood plasma or serum of people who have recovered. That, or Xi Jinping has shared other prophylactic measures with him (I think the anti-China rhetoric is just a show to drum up a fake “war” before the election).

    • Trashaddict says:

      Daily testing for these assholes who fail to use appropriate infection control guidelines?
      Limited access to testng and lax return to work policies (in terms of infection control) for RNs and other frontline workers who can’t get sufficient PPE? Mind you the front line workers aren’t jaunting off to Mar-a-Lago, they’ve been going full-tilt for weeks and weeks now. People have died and will continue to die because of poor health care planning in this country.

  14. Swack says:

    Just read, possible that one of Pence’s staff has tested positive. Not yet confirmed by the White House. Could get interesting quickly.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Yes. As they were boarding a plane to Iowa. The person was taken off the plane and then the plane continued on. Iowa should refuse to allow any of them off the plane. They should be made to stay on it until the pilots have had sufficient rest to fly back.

    • Jerusha says:

      It was announced on NPR. Best wishes to the aide and the aide ONLY.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Two members of Pence’s staff have tested positive.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Katie Miller, married to the evil Stephen Miller. What a shame.

  15. Louise says:

    Wasn’t he paranoid that one of the members of the press would infect him on purpose😄

  16. nicegirl says:

    He’s cruising for a bruising lol

  17. Sandy Eggo says:

    I would think Disney would have something to say about this Death Star nonsense. Aren’t they very touchy about their intellectual property?

  18. sassafras says:

    Oops. They told on themselves. The valet “works closely with the first family” but they didn’t mention that Melania and Barron have been tested.

    That’s right. Because the rest of the first family haven’t lived in the White House for a long long time.

  19. Emily says:

    I’m very skeptical of the “15 minute test” that is being used inside the White House. Don’t the results take at least several hours? Since there is a shortage it can take several days to a week for us regular folks. I know lots of people have had false positives, false negatives etc.

    Even if he did test positive, I bet Trump wouldn’t adhere to any sort of guidelines if he had zero symptoms. If he’s asymptomatic, he’s probably thinking the rules don’t apply to him. He’ll only concede if his physical health is so impacted, he can’t get out of bed like Boris Johnson or ends up in the hospital on oxygen.

    And while I won’t say what I wish would happen to Trump because it’s too morbid, I won’t be heartbroken if it does happen.

    • Trashaddict says:

      There actually is a rapid test now, which is helping to screen admissions to the hospital so they can at least try to cohort Covid-infected and non-infected away from each other.

  20. Reece says:

    I just saw that another person on Pence’s staff tested positive too.
    Maybe Karma is just moving slower than we’d all like but it’s doing something that will work out well for us in the end. 😁😈

    • Sparky says:

      The person who tested positive is Katie Miller who is Pence’s spokesperson as well as the spokesperson for the coronavirus task force. AND… she’s Stephen Miller’s wife!!

  21. Jessica says:

    His face tho! Seriously, WTF?!

  22. Andrea Camarda says:

    We love Trump. DEAL WITH IT.

    • Lisanne says:

      His supporters mean nothing to him, so believe me your “love” is not reciprocated! You are just a means to an end , like every other person in his life.

  23. Duchess of Corolla says:

    How true, Lisanne. He doesn’t give a flying fig about anyone but himself. Anyone who believes otherwise is delusional.