Trump Called Out for Lack of Honesty, Integrity in COVID Battle

Trump Called Out for Lack of Honesty, Integrity in COVID Battle


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Donald Trump’s facing criticism from Democrats and critical Republicans over his candor and behavior since he’s been hospitalized for COVID-19.

Strangely upbeat, but sometimes quite contradictory, information about Trump’s condition and prognosis have been released to the public since the president was first hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., over the weekend.

Trump released an upbeat video via Twitter, as well photos appearing to look like Trump at work at the hospital which some experts said were staged. On the other hand, Trump also has taken two doses of a five-day course of remdesivir, a Gilead Sciences drug currently used for moderately and severely ill patients.

“We know that President Trump has a penchant for not telling the truth, but when it comes to something as vital as this, the health of the president, the health of the people around him, we need to go the whole truth and nothing but the truth, or, as Joe Friday said, just the facts, ‘Just the facts, ma’am,'” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday. “No cover-up, no spinning, no half-truths — the whole story. And we’re calling on the president to start being truthful, fully and wholly truthful, about his condition and the condition of all those around him.”

And Trump Sunday took a surprise limousine ride around hospital grounds.

He was immediately slammed for what many dubbed a “joyride,” which appeared to violate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In particular, by going on the ride, Trump forced Secret Service agents to ride with him–infectious as he is–in the tight confines of the presidential vehicle.

“So where does that leave folks like myself and others who believe in the values? We’re Motel 6 Republicans. Someone has to leave the light on,” Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Sunday. “We’re trying our best to do that. It gets harder and harder particularly when you see stunts like tonight where the head of my party is in endangering Secret Service agents, hospital personnel.”

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