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Trump aides are worried the president's COVID-19 diagnosis will be a political disaster and voters will hold it against him
  • President Donald Trump's aides fear that his coronavirus diagnosis could harm his reelection chances, The New York Times reported.
  • Trump spent months ignoring coronavirus guidelines and downplaying the disease, something Republican strategists are worried voters will hold against Trump while he is in hospital.
  • Trump was already behind in the polls and had been trying to move the conversation away from the US handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Some Republican strategists hope the diagnosis could increase sympathy for Trump, and that him being quieter in his rhetoric could also provide a boost.

A Fox News host has cast Trump as a war hero who got the coronavirus because he 'put himself on the line'
  • A Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said Trump got the coronavirus because "put himself on the line" and "was doing it for us."
  • Trump announced on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, and flown to the Walter Reed hospital for monitoring and treatment.
  • Gutfeld said that Trump was infected because he wanted to "walk out there on that battlefield" with Americans.
  • But co-host Juan Williams pointed out that Trump had repeatedly broken coronavirus health guidelines and had said that "this was going to disappear magically."

North Korea is likely to start acting up again during the US presidential election — but this year might be different
  • North Korea has historically acted in a provocative manner like firing long-range missiles or shelling South Korea just a few weeks before or after a US election.
  • A nonpartisan think-tank examined North Korea's behavior during a 64-year span and found that it averaged a provocative act within the 4.5 weeks before or after a midterm or presidential election.
  • One of the leading experts of the Korean Peninsula told Insider that if President Trump is reelected in November, he would make another haphazard deal with North Korea — one that "he'll talk about as being the greatest deal ever."

EXCLUSIVE: Mueller's 'legal pit bull' Andrew Weissmann discusses Trump, the 2020 election, and Russian interference
  • Insider held a wide-ranging interview with the former special counsel Robert Mueller's lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, following the release of his book, "Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation."
  • Weissmann discussed the most challenging aspects of working for Mueller; how prosecuting Enron and the New York mafia made him uniquely qualified to investigate Donald Trump; and whether Russia was successful in its efforts to destabilize US democracy.
  • Weissmann said Russia's election interference in 2016 was "arguably much worse" than the attack on Pearl Harbor, and that he had "grave" concerns about the politicization of intelligence under Trump.
  • He also skewered Attorney General William Barr over his decisions related to the president and his allies, saying it was “dispiriting” to see what’s happened at the Justice Department under his leadership.

The coronavirus infects the Supreme Court hearing as 2 Senate Judiciary Committee senators test positive for COVID-19 and Chuck Schumer calls for a halt
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it would be "irresponsible and dangerous" to move with the hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick after two Senate Judiciary Committee tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, both Republicans, revealed on Friday that they had tested positive for the virus, after President Trump announced his diagnosis.
  • Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsay Graham indicated the process would move forward as expected after Lee revealed his diagnosis, but have not commented since Tillis'.
  • Barrett's hearing is expected to start on October 12, and her confirmation would shift the court sharply to the right.
  • Democrats wanted Republicans to hold off on appointing a new judge until after the presidential election, which was the dying wish of Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.

'Hotelier tests positive for coronavirus': How a local newspaper near Trump's Scottish golf course covered his momentous COVID-19 diagnosis
  • A newspaper near US President Donald Trump's Scottish golf course had a hilariously understated headline when Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Ayr Advertiser wrote: "Turnberry hotelier tests positive for coronavirus."
  • Trump owns the Trump luxury golf resort in Scotland, which he bought in 2014.
  • Trump announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 early on Friday morning, and how he has been hospitalized for treatment and observation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping wishes Trump a 'fast recovery' after state media said he 'paid the price' for downplaying COVID-19
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday wished President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump a "fast recovery" following their diagnosis with COVID-19, according to Chinese state TV, The Associated Press reported.
  • Trump first announced he and the first lady tested positive coronavirus in an early Friday tweet.
  • Since COVID-19 reached the US earlier this year, the president has repeatedly blamed China for the virus' spread domestically, calling it the "China virus" and recently, the "China plague."

White House official says it's better Trump was hospitalized while he could still walk to avoid images of him being carried
  • President Donald Trump walked across the White House lawn to a helicopter which took him to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday, after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • One White House official told The New York Times it was better to hospitalize Trump while he could still walk, to avoid publicly assisting him if his condition deteriorates.
  • The president's hospitalization could point to his symptoms already worsening.

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, becoming the third Republican senator to contract the disease since Friday
  • Sen. Ron Johnson on Saturday announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third Republican senator to announce a positive result for the disease since Friday.
  • Johnson returned to Washington, DC, on September 29 and was exposed to COVID-19 "shortly" afterward, his office said. He previously quarantined for two weeks after he was exposed on September 14, his office said.
  • The three COVID-19 cases among Republican senators come as the Senate works to confirm the Trump-nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Mueller's top prosecutor says Russia's election interference was 'much worse' than Pearl Harbor
  • Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor who worked on the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, told Insider that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was "much worse" than Pearl Harbor.
  • "Obviously, Pearl Harbor had a loss of life, and I'm not trying to say that's comparable, but in terms of the effect and undermining our democracy, it's arguably much worse," he said in an interview.
  • Weissmann recently released a new book, "Where Law Ends: Insider the Mueller Investigation," which offers a window into the inner workings of Mueller's team during the most explosive criminal investigation in recent history.
  • "When I was at the FBI under Director Mueller, one of the palpable things you felt was just how apolitical the institution was," Weissmann said. "It didn't matter whether somebody was a Democrat or Republican, didn't matter whether you were rich or poor, it was just about the facts."

White House physician says Trump is fever-free but dodged questions of whether he has ever received supplemental oxygen during coronavirus treatment
  • White House physician Sean Conley on Saturday told reporters that the president was not currently using supplemental oxygen, however, would not clarify whether President Trump had used it so far in his coronavirus treatment.
  • Conley addressed members of the media to provide updates about Trump's hospitalization for COVID-19.
  • He also would not tell reporters the date that Trump last tested negative for the coronavirus.

White House physician walks back a confusing timeline of Trump's coronavirus infection that implied he was diagnosed days before announcing his test results
  • White House physician Sean Conley made contradictory statements about the timeline of President Donald Trump's coronavirus infection on Saturday.
  • Conley said he was "72 hours into the diagnosis," which would mean that Trump was diagnosed on Wednesday, though his positive test results were publicly disclosed early Friday.
  • Another doctor on Trump's team said the president received an experimental antibody treatment "48 hours ago," a full day earlier than Conley previously reported.
  • A White House official later walked back the doctors' Saturday statements, saying they meant "day three" and "two days."

Chris Wallace said Trump arrived too late to be tested for coronavirus at the first presidential debate
  • Chris Wallace, the Fox News anchor and moderator of Tuesday's presidential debate, said President Donald Trump and his family did not arrive in Cleveland early enough to get tested for the coronavirus before the start of the debate.
  • The time of arrival for the president wasn't conducive to testing for the coronavirus and receiving a timely result, according to Wallace.
  • On Friday morning, Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • Trump is currently being treated at Walter Reed Military Hospital and is not making any public appearances until further notice.

Doctors say giving Trump the antiviral drug remdesivir is a sign his infection may be serious — even though the timeline is still unclear
  • President Trump is being treated for the coronavirus at Walter Reed Medical Center after announcing his diagnosis on Friday.
  • Trump received an IV infusion of the antiviral drug remdesivir on Friday.
  • A White House official told CBS News that Trump also received an experimental antibody cocktail on Thursday evening, but Trump's medical team has suggested that he received the drug either earlier or later than that.
  • Regardless of the timing, a remdesivir treatment suggests Trump's illness could be serious, doctors say.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.