Trump ‘had positive test days before Biden debate'
The Guardian|December 02, 2021
Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first TV debate against Joe Biden, the former president’s then chief of staff has revealed in a new book.
Martin Pengelly
Mark Meadows wrote that though he knew each candidate was required “to test negative for the virus within 72 hours of the start time … Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there.” Trump, Meadows said, returned a negative result from a different test shortly after wards. Nonetheless, the revelation of an unreported positive test follows a year of speculation about whether Trump, then 74, had the virus when he faced Biden, 77, on 29 September.

Trump announced he had Covid on 2 October.

Meadows’ memoir, The Chief’s Chief, will be published next week by All Seasons Press. The Guardian obtained a copy on Tuesday – the day Meadows reversed course and said he would cooperate with the House committee investigating the deadly Capitol attack of 6 January.

In a statement yesterday, Trump called Meadows’ claims “ fake news ”.

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