Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Trump's Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Record Low Approval

Saturday, 10 Oct, 2020

Yet, concerns remain. The president, the White House and his doctors have refused to say when he last tested negative for the coronavirus. Trump pulled out of the scheduled October 15 event after the nonpartisan debate commission said it would be held virtually, with the candidates in separate locations, because of safety concerns after Trump contracted Covid-19. Trump said he tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday and was taken to Walter Reed military hospital later that day, where he spent almost four days receiving treatment.

Sounding hoarse and occasionally pausing and clearing his throat, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview late on Thursday that he was likely to be tested for the virus on Friday.

Even as President Donald Trump made clear he wanted to return to the campaign trail as soon as this weekend, the White House on Friday declined to provide basic information about his condition and how it would determine he was no longer contagious from his bout with COVID-19.

The president said he had "so many doctors looking over me, I'm the most analysed person in the world right now", adding that "I think they're amazed at how quickly this went, frankly."

With Trump's management of the pandemic dominating the campaign, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Americans are steadily losing confidence in how he has managed the health crisis - with his net approval on the issue hitting a new low.

"There is, therefore, no medical reason why the Commission on Presidential Debates should shift the debate to a virtual setting, postpone it, or otherwise alter it in any way", the statement said.

President Donald Trump holds his mask after removing it from his face as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House in Washington from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Cent
Donald Trump likely to take part in rallies starting Saturday after doctor says COVID-19 therapy completed

Florida's agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried, a Democrat, criticised Donald Trump Jr.'s indoor rally on Twitter, saying: "As a leader in this state, I don't care about what party you're in or what candidate you vote for, just wear a damn mask!"

Trump, 74, was tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, last week on October 1 after senior aide Hope Hicks was confirmed to have contracted the virus. Biden leads heavily in key demographics including women and the elderly.

Both Biden and Trump's campaigns certified to debate organizers that the candidates and everyone who traveled with them to the debate in Cleveland tested negative within 72 hours of the debate.

"I'm feeling good, really good", Mr Trump said in the Fox interview.

What about the White House after the president was injured?

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that more than 100 people attended that event. "I could have been a bad victim", he said, referring to friends of his who had died from COVID-19. Storyful could not confirm if there was a social distancing protocol in place for the event. On Wednesday, ABC News reported that the coronavirus outbreak had infected " 34 White House staffers and other contacts" in recent days, citing an internal government memo.