TRUMP APPEARS TO BLAME GOLD STAR FAMILIES FOR HIS COVID INFECTION
President Donald Trump appeared to place blame on Gold Star families for infecting him with COVID-19, going a step further than previous comments speculating where he contracted the virus, the Mercury News reported.
The White House held an event honoring Gold Star families indoors, in the East Room, with no social distancing and few masks on the evening of Sunday, September 27. That gathering came one day after a Supreme Court event in the Rose Garden, where multiple attendees have subsequently tested positive. And it came after months of blatant disregard for basic public health guidance inside the White House, ultimately putting West Wing and residence staff and the President himself in direct risk of catching the virus, Betsy Klein reported for CNN. That Trump would place blame on Gold Star families says much about his general attitude toward the solemn club of military families who have lost a son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, father or mother.
“I got a lot of things doing. And again, when I want to say hello to Gold Star families, what I — I’m not going to be in a basement saying, ‘Hey I can’t see you as you traveled in from California and all the different places.’ It’s OK,” Trump said Thursday morning during a call-in interview on Fox Business. “And I think at some point I would — it’s a very — look, it’s a tiny, tiny it’s like a tiny little microscopic piece of dust. It gets into nose your mouth or your eye, frankly, or something else or you touch something. So, I understand, and then you get better,” he added.
The comments go further than Trump’s previous suggestion during an interview with Fox News after senior adviser Hope Hicks’ diagnosis that Hicks contracted the virus from a member of the military or law enforcement. “It’s very, very hard when you are with people from the military or from law enforcement, and they come over to you and they want to hug you and they want to kiss you because we really have done a good job for them. And you get close and things happen,” Trump told Sean Hannity hours before his diagnosis was publicly disclosed.