Trump tells aides he thinks journalists 'will purposefully contract coronavirus' just to give it to him
President Donald Trump is letting Monday's sudden stock market drop get to him personally, and blaming anybody and everybody but himself.
"Saudi Arabia and Russia are arguing over the price and flow of oil. That, and the Fake News, is the reason for the market drop!"
As the market goes down further and further - the more upset he gets.
"So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!"
That's what he's saying publicly. Privately, however, Trump is very concerned and worried. Let's not forget - he is a major germaphobe.
“He is trying to control the narrative and he can’t,” a former West Wing official told Gabriel Sherman, who wrote an op-ed for Vanity Fair.
“Stories about Trump’s coronavirus fears have spread through the White House. Last week Trump told aides he’s afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on Air Force One,” Sherman writes. “… The source also said Trump has asked the Secret Service to set up a screening program and bar anyone who has a cough from the White House grounds. ‘He’s definitely melting down over this,’ the source said.”
That's a bit extreme. As much as people might hate this president, we doubt they are going to expose themselves and their families to harm just to take Trump down with a few remaining months left in his presidency. No, that's going to happen in the election against the eventual democratic nominee.
For now, as much as Trump is concerned, and frankly paranoid, he's going to continue to do rallies because that's the only way he can maintain his big ego.
“He may take suggestions to stop shaking hands, but in terms of shutting stuff down, his position is: ‘No, I’m not going to do it,’” the official said.