Trump tested positive for Covid few days before Biden debate, chief of staff says in new book

So many moments with Trump for me have been not surprising but still shocking that they actually happened. I always expect the worst from him, but then when it actually happens, there’s a part of me that still can’t register how this terrible excuse for a human being was president and managed to get away with it. And knowing how awful Trump is, you know he may have saw this as an opportunity to possibly kill off his competition. Add another criminal charge that will never be prosecuted to his infinite list of crimes.

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 revealed in a new book.

Mark Meadows also writes that though he knew each candidate 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.”

Trump, Meadows says in the book, returned a negative result from a different test shortly after the positive.

Nonetheless, the stunning revelation of an unreported positive test follows a year of speculation about whether Trump, then 74 years old, had the potentially deadly virus when he faced Biden, 77, in Cleveland on 29 September – and what danger that might have presented.