Trump tested positive for Covid three days BEFORE his first debate with Biden, former president’s ex chief of staff Mark Meadows claims
- Former President Donald Trump announced he had Covid on 2 October last year
- The result came days after Rose Garden event and debate with Joe Biden
- But his chief of staff Mark Meadows claims Trump had tested positive ‘three days before the first Presidential debate’
Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate against Joe Biden, the former president’s fourth and last chief of staff has claimed.
Mark Meadows writes in his new book that although he knew each candidates was required ‘to test negative for the virus within seventy two hours of the start time … Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there’.
The former chief of staff says in the book, a copy of which has been obtained by The Guardian, that Trump returned a negative test shortly after the positive test.
However, the revelation of an unreported positive Covid test comes after a year of speculation about whether Trump had the potentially deadly virus for the debate, and what danger that might have posed.
At the time of their showdown in Cleveland on September 29, Trump was 74 years old, while Biden – now the president – was 77.
Trump went on to announce that he had Covid-19 on October 2, just three days after the debate. The White House said the then-president announced the positive result within an hour of receiving it, and went to hospital later that day.
Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate against Joe Biden (pictured), the former president’s fourth and last chief of staff has revealed in a new book