President Donald Trump arrived in Cleveland too late on Tuesday to have a COVID-19 test before the debate, according to Donald Wallace, who will host the event. Instead, the Fox News star announced that there was an “honor system” in place for the two campaigns that had already tested negative.
Wallace dropped the news when he was interviewed Friday afternoon by Bill Hemmer, a colleague of Fox, who was also in Cleveland for the first Trump-Biden showdown. Reading from a statement from the Cleveland Clinic following the president’s positive coronavirus test, Hemmer stressed that “people who travel with both candidates, including the candidates themselves, have tested and tested negative through their respective campaigns.”
Hemmer also remarked: “[The candidates] were not clinically tested based on the testimony, Chris, and to me it sounds like an honor system “before he and Wallace were clinically tested before the event.
“The difference was that I arrived on Sunday, you arrived on Monday,” Wallace explained. “They didn’t arrive until Tuesday afternoon. In order for them to be tested, there would not have been enough time to take the test and have the debate that evening at 9:00 a.m. They didn’t show up until 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00 p.m. Yes, there was a system of honor when it came to the people who came into the hall from the two campaigns. “
Early Friday morning, the president announced that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, both tested positive for COVID-19. Officials stressed the couple had only “mild” symptoms and are being quarantined at the White House residence. The bomb news came hours after Trump confirmed that Hope Hicks – one of his closest advisers, who had traveled with the president several times over the past week, including the debate – had also tested positive for the virus.
Some of Trump’s family members and the inner circle in attendance Tuesday did not wear masks in the discussion hall, even though the Cleveland Clinic mandated their use indoors. In addition, entourage reportedly turned down masks offered to them by clinic staff.
And during the debate itself, Trump continued to publicly oppose the use of face covering as a protective measure against COVID-19, at one point mocking his Democratic opponent for it.
“Every time you see him he has a mask. He could speak 200 feet away from you and he shows up with the largest mask I’ve ever seen, “Trump said before explaining that he only wears the protective gear” when needed “.
A number of Republican officials who recently attended President’s events, including RNC Chairperson Ronna McDaniel and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), have since announced that they tested positive. Biden and his wife Jill both tested negative on Friday.
On Friday, the City of Cleveland announced that eleven people tested positive “due to the pre-debate planning and setup,” and that the majority of these cases occurred in residents outside of the state. It is not immediately clear whether any of the members in Trump’s orbit were among the residents counted by Ohio state officials.