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White House: Getting the Information Right the First Time Is Problematic

How can zero credibility go lower? Let's try...

The New York Times headline and teaser go like this:

"The White House physician indicated President Trump was diagnosed earlier than known. Chris Christie, the former N.J. governor, tested positive."

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Eastern:
"President Trump is doing 'very well' as he undergoes treatment for the coronavirus, according to Dr. Sean Conley, the White House doctor, but he declined to provide nearly any specifics. Dr. Conley raised more questions than he answered by saying the president is '72 hours into' his diagnosis. The White House told reporters at around 1 a.m. on Friday morning that the president had tested positive for the virus, just 35 hours before the briefing."

I watched the briefing by the doctors tending to President Trump and there again, the reporter's question was a simple, "Has the president ever been on oxygen?" And the only reply the doctors gave was "He has not been on oxygen today." 

When you are not forthcoming about simple facts, like, A) When did the president first test positive for the virus, and B) Has he ever been on oxygen at all, the messaging comes into questioning.

Like, did the president travel to New Jersey after being informed that Hope Hicks had tested positive — therefore he should have been placed into quarantine? Actions like these would be totally in line with the total disregard for science and containing the virus at the White House. 

Watch to see how many people who attended events, outdoors and indoors, in New Jersey become ill with COVID-19.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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